Yu Darvish to rejoin Rangers rotation Sunday

Yu Darvish will start for the Rangers Sunday.
Yu Darvish will start for the Rangers Sunday. (USATSI)

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The Texas Rangers have some good news for their fans and many fantasy baseball owners: Yu Darvish is going to start Sunday against the Rays.

The big right-hander had the start of his season delayed due to neck stiffness, but he was able to get through an 86-pitch bullpen session Tuesday night without any issues. When he reported no issues Wednesday, the Rangers didn't hesitate to throw him back into the rotation.

“Once his neck wasn’t hurting him, we saw the same stuff we had been seeing from Yu,” manager Ron Washington said (dallasnews.com). “He didn’t back up any. We feel like he is ready to go. He’s strong as an ox.”

Darvish's re-insertion into the rotation moves Opening Day starter Tanner Scheppers back a day, so he'll start Monday instead of Sunday. Youngster Nick Martinez is slated to pitch Saturday and is the obvious candidate to head back down to the minors once Darvish is activated.

Darvish, 27, was 13-9 with a 2.83 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and an MLB-best 277 strikeouts last season, when he finished second in Cy Young voting to Max Scherzer.

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Matt Snyder has been a baseball writer with CBS Sports since 2011. A member of the BBWAA, he's now covered the last six World Series beginning with the epic 2011 Fall Classic. The former Indiana University... Full Bio

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