Yu Darvish and the Texas Rangers only have to wait a few more days before the ace will be back on the mound.
Darvish is scheduled to make his season debut Sunday at Tampa Bay after getting through an extended bullpen session without any issues.
“He’s ready to go,” manager Ron Washington said Wednesday, when Darvish reported feeling good a day after throwing 86 pitches.
Washington said Darvish is as strong as he was before the neck stiffness that kept the pitcher from throwing for two weeks. Darvish was placed on the disabled list to start the season, though the move was retroactive to March 21, making the Darvish eligible to be activated this weekend.
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