The Rangers have scratched right-hander Yu Darvish from Friday's start with stiffness in his neck. MLB.com's T. R. Sullivan says the team does not believe the injury is serious and they expect Darvish to be ready for his opening day start in about a week.
Here's more from the man himself:
Yu Darvish: "I slept wrong. If I have about two days or three days, I'll be able to make my next outing. ... I'll be fine for Opening Day."— Jeff Wilson (@JeffWilson_FWST) March 21, 2014
Darvish pitched through a nerve problem in his lower back last season, though the team says it is unrelated to his current neck issue
In 32 starts and 209 2/3 innings last season, Darvish went 13-9 with a 2.83 ERA (145 ERA+) and led baseball in both strikeouts (277) and strikeout rate (11.9 K/9). That earned him a second place finish in the AL Cy Young voting.
Darvish was scheduled to pitch in a minor league game Friday, essentially a tune-up start as spring training winds down.