HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 02: Yu Darvish #11 of the Texas Rangers throws against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on April 2, 2013 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
Yu Darvish last started on Friday night in Seattle when he allowed three first-inning runs before locking down and looking like the Darvish that nearly tossed a perfect game against Houston. Of course, the cold Texas Rangers bats only gave him a run of support and they lost 3-1.
He won't start again until this Friday when those same Mariners come to town, meaning he'll get an extended six days of rest instead of the typical four, and that's a good thing, even early in the season after just three starts.
Evan Grant, of The Dallas Morning News, reported that Darvish might even throw an extra bullpen session to try to regain his control after it was nowhere to be found in his second start against the Los Angeles Angels and was wishy-washy on Friday against the Mariners.
The blister on his right ring finger was clearly an issue in both of those outings, but Grant said the tiny blister has appeared to callous over, which is a good sign for the Rangers, who desparately need Darvish to be the ace the Rangers planned on him being, especially with Matt Harrison on the disabled list after two poor outings and no clean bill of health yet.