Yu Darvish will be breaking out the Roughriders uniform this 4th of July.
The Rangers righty will rejoin Double-A Frisco and make a rehab start Monday at Northwest Arkansas. He’s slated to throw three innings or 45 pitches.
Darvish is trying to recover from shoulder discomfort that landed him on the disabled list in early June. This is his second time around with Frisco this season, as his he made a couple of rehab starts while coming back from Tommy John Surgery. Darvish earned a win and had 14 strikeouts in 13 innings pitched.
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Once Darvish returned to the Rangers, he went 2-0 with a 2.87 ERA in three starts. The Rangers don’t want to rush him, but they could use him as soon as possible. The four and five spots in the rotation have been inconsistent, which has caused extra work for the bullpen. Not the ideal scenario going into the dog days of summer.
Getting Darvish back and combining him with Cole Hamels forms one of the best 1-2 pitching tandems in the majors. It also helps set the rest of the rotation.
But first things first, and it starts with Darvish finding his way back to Arlington.