Silver Lining for Yu Darvish’s DL Stint
Another day and another victim of the injury bug has been bitten for the 2013 Texas Rangers. Yesterday’s victim was Rangers All-Star pitcher Yu Darvish who has suffered a trapezius muscle strain and will require a stint on the 15 day disabled list. With Darvish hitting the DL yesterday, Derek Holland remains the only starting pitcher from the season’s opening day roster to not miss time due to injury.
Although the absence of Darvish will be felt for the Rangers, the timing couldn’t be better.
So far this season, the Rangers ace has been carrying the work load for the team as he has been eating up innings in just about every start (averaging 6.2 IP per start) and so far has amassed 119.1 innings ranking him 19th in the MLB. Through his 18 starts, he has failed to record 100+ pitches only twice (ranks 13th in MLB in total pitches). Although Darvish has been solid through the halfway point of the season (8-4, 3.02 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, and .256 BABIP) he has shown signs of wearing down as his command has started to falter and has walked a season high (4) in both of his last two starts while his ERA has swelled from 2.64 on June 13th to 3.02 as of today.
With Darvish heading to the DL it will allow him to rest his arm and not have to pitch in the seemingly meaningless All-Star game. With the scheduled All-Star break to last from July 15th to July 18th, Darvish will be able to get a much needed break while missing very limited game action. According to MLB writer T.R Sullivan, Darvish’s next scheduled start will be July 22 against the New York Yankees. If this is the case, then Darvish will have only missed one scheduled start.
For the Rangers it must feel like a miracle that the team has been able to compete this season (currently .5 game back of first place Oakland A’s, first place in the Wild Card) with so many injuries to the club for the first half of 2013. If the Rangers want to make a run at another AL West crown and long playoff run, the time is now for the club to get healthy. Let’s all hope that the All-Star break will provide some much needed rest for the team.
Stats courtesy of ESPN.com and Baseballreference.com