Rangers’ Darvish fine after shoulder issue
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Texas Rangers got good news on Yu Darvish a day after the right-hander exited early with shoulder stiffness in his third start since last year’s Tommy John surgery, and they activated catcher Robinson Chirinos from the 60-day disabled list for his return from a broken right forearm.
Darvish reported no problems after playing catch Thursday and was expected to throw his regular bullpen session Friday in Seattle. If he stays on regular rest, his next start would be Monday in Oakland.
Chirinos was available Thursday against Houston after the move was announced a few minutes before the game. The Rangers sent right-handed reliever Luke Jackson to Triple-A Round Rock and made room for Chirinos on the 40-man roster by designating right-hander Phil Klein for assignment.
Texas had planned for Darvish to throw up to 95 pitches Wednesday after he won in each of his first two starts. But he threw only 76 pitches, with seven strikeouts and four walks before leaving with the game tied 1-1. The only run he allowed in his five innings was a homer to George Springer leading off the game, a 3-1 Astros win.