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)
Add another one to the list.
The Texas Rangers put their fourth of five Opening Day starting pitchers on the disabled list on Thursday, leaving Derek Holland as the lone starting pitcher when the 2013 season began to have not hit the disabled list.
Matt Harrison, gone. Alexi Ogando, gone. Nick Tepesch, gone. Now, Yu Darvish is on the DL with an aggravated trap muscle in his upper back. It's not believed to be a serious thing, and that's good.
Actually, when looking at this a little bit closer, this could be a blessing for the Rangers regarding Darvish, who leads all of baseball with pitches thrown per start with just over 109 per outing. Since his 130-pitch outing against the Detroit Tigers on May 16, he's had some rough going by his standards.
With this trip to the DL, Darvish will miss his scheduled start on Thursday in Baltimore, but he's not expected to miss another start. The all-star break is coming up next week and then he will be eligible to return on July 22 when the Rangers open a four-game set against the New York Yankees, and he should be ready to start on that Monday. That gives him 15 days of rest between starts and he only has to miss one. He should be fresh for the second half of the season and will hopefully be ready to roll.