Darvish (back) is scheduled to throw another bullpen session Thursday, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports. This is encouraging news, as it appears his stay on the DL will likely be a short one. Darvish was able to complete a 32-pitch bullpen session Monday with no issues, and if all goes well in his second bullpen session Thursday, he's expected to be back with the Dodgers to make his scheduled start against the Brewers on Sunday. Brock Stewart is expected to start in his place Tuesday.
Darvish was placed on the 10-day disabled list with back tightness, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports. Darvish's back tightened up during his last start -- which could help explain his career-low two strikeouts -- and the 32-year-old will require a brief stint on the DL to get over the issue. The good news is manager Dave Roberts said the injury isn't a serious one, and the team expects him to miss just one start while on the shelf, according to Alanna Rizzo of SportsNet LA. This lines him up to return to action against the Brewers on Aug. 27. In the meantime, Edward Paredes was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City to take his place on the roster, while Brock Stewart is expected to fill in for Darvish in the rotation while he's sidelined.
Manager Dave Roberts said Darvish will probably require a stint on the disabled list to get over back tightness, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports. Darvish is apparently dealing with some lingering back tightness that crept up during his most recent start, so the Dodgers will play it safe with their newly acquired pitcher and give him some time on the DL to get better. It's unclear how long he'll be sidelined with the ailment, but he's set to miss at least one turn in the rotation before he's eligible for activation (Aug. 26). Brock Stewart is expected to fill in for Darvish in the rotation while he's sidelined.
Darvish allowed three runs on eight hits and a walk through six innings Wednesday against the White Sox. He struck out two and didn't factor into the decision. Although he was able to notch a quality start, it wasn't Darvish's finest outing; he served up a season-high three homers while failing to strike out at least three batters for the first time in his career (125 starts). He left the game in line for a loss, but a ninth-inning rally from the Dodgers got him off the hook and maintained his undefeated record as a Dodger. He now boasts a 2.50 ERA and 22:4 K:BB in three starts (18 innings) for his new team, so look for him to turn in another quality outing when he faces off against a slumping Pittsburgh team Tuesday.
Darvish (8-9) held the Diamondbacks to two runs on five hits with two walks and 10 strikeouts over five innings in Thursday's 8-6 win. Darvish's high strikeout total came at a price, as he needed 106 pitches just to get through five frames. Luckily for him, Los Angeles' potent offense had already built up an 8-2 lead by the time the bottom of the sixth rolled around and Arizona was never able to claw all the way back. The rental from Texas now has a 20:3 K:BB in 12 innings through two starts with his new team. Expect another hefty strikeout total when Darvish takes on a subpar White Sox lineup in his home debut Wednesday.
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