Around this time in the MLB season, players who haven’t already been injured or placed on the disabled list usually get caught. Texas Rangers ace pitcher Yu Darvish is no exception; the star is being put on the 15-day DL for inflammation in his right elbow.
This hurts a team which was already destined to miss the postseason and gives them a proverbial kick while they are down. The team has only won 47 games and owns the second-worst record in all of Major League Baseball.
Darvish on the other hand has maintained a steady pace through his starts this year maintaining a 10-7 record with a 3.06 ERA and 182 strikeouts. That earned run average puts him at 10th best in the American League and that isn’t exactly great for the 27 year old.
Cy Young voting
Last year, Yu Darvish finished second in Cy Young for the AL right behind eventual winner Max Scherzer; this year was a little rocky for Darvish as nagging injuries halted his debut for 2014.
Since then, he has regained his composure on the mound but the nagging injuries have remained. Regardless of what happens with their ace, the Rangers have been out of the playoff race for quite a while and hope to compete and contend next season when the team is healthier and in form.
Other notable Texas players that are, and have been, on the disabled list this year include: infielders Prince Fielder, Adrian Beltre, and pitchers Alexi Ogano, and Matt Harrison.
The key constant here, they are all key difference-makers for the Rangers and have been sorely missed during the team’s 2014 campaign. The team has said that they don’t expect Darvish to need more than two weeks to recover.
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