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Darvish Begins Throwing Program

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    CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 05: Yu Darvish #11 of the Texas Rangers retreives a loose ball before a game against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field on August 5, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

    We're still a couple of months away from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training in Arizona, but Yu Darvish has begun his throwing program after being given a clean bill of health by Rangers physician Dr. Keith Meister.

    Darvish was shut down for the season and pitched his last game on Aug. 9 after suffering elbow inflammation, and there was wide speculation that Darvish probably could've pitched if the team was in contention, though it was never officially known.

    The Rangers ace, who finished the year with a 10-7 record and a 3.02 ERA began his program on Monday when he threw from 50 feet on flat ground.

    Darvish had been doing conditioning in Arlington since returning from Japan a couple of weeks ago and meeting new Rangers manager Jeff Banister.