MINNEAPOLIS — Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish was scratched from his scheduled start at Minnesota because of neck stiffness he woke up with, and right-hander Scott Baker was summoned back from the bullpen to face his former team Tuesday night.
It was yet another injury to a star player for the ailing Rangers, who entered the day with wins in five of their previous six games despite the persistence of health problems.
“Just go play. Everyone still has a job to do. We’ve lost a lot of good ballplayers, but we’ve also got a lot of good ballplayers out there,” said manager Ron Washington, who learned of the latest setback seven hours before first pitch.
The Rangers were hoping Darvish would be able to avoid the disabled list, and they received favorable news from a precautionary MRI test on his neck, which was stiff enough in spring training to keep him from pitching for nearly three weeks and delay his season debut by one start until April 6.
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The team announced a few minutes before Baker took the mound that Darvish’s test was “unremarkable” in that it showed no trouble in his neck worse than his previous problem. The date of his next start was still to be determined, depending on how he feels Wednesday.
• Cleveland placed Carlos Santana on the seven-day disabled list with a concussion and infielder Nick Swisher on the 15-day DL with a left knee injury. Cleveland also designated right-hander Blake Wood for assignment to open a spot on the 40-man roster.
To fill the two spots on the 25-man active roster, the Indians selected the contract of catcher George Kottaras and recalled infielder Jesus Aguilar from Class AAA Columbus.
Santana was hit in the head by a foul ball while catching Sunday in Baltimore.
• Kansas City pitcher Yordano Ventura will miss his next start after an MRI exam on his sore right elbow showed no ligament damage, while top prospect Kyle Zimmer has been shut down after straining a muscle in his back.
• Struggling Red Sox right-hander Clay Buchholz will test out an ailing knee during a bullpen session Wednesday in Boston, then find out when he’ll make his next start.
Buchholz set a career high with eight walks and allowed six runs in only three-plus innings Monday before Boston rallied to beat Atlanta 8-6, ending a 10-game losing streak. Manager John Farrell revealed that Buchholz remained in the game after his left knee buckled.
• The Chicago Cubs released a revised plan for Wrigley Field’s renovation that calls for new signs, including some that would block the view from nearby rooftop venues, and warns that the team’s management would consider moving to another site if they are not allowed to “control our ballpark,” said Crane Kenney, Cubs president of business operations.