15DYu Darvish SP TEX 3 days ago

Darvish (elbow) will be capped at around 85-90 pitches in Saturday's start against the Pirates, MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

This will be Darvish's first big league start since undergoing Tommy John surgery on March 17, 2015, and he built up to 87 pitches in his last rehab outing. If all goes well, Darvish will get 22-23 starts through the end of the season and probably won't surpass 150 innings. The team has naturally been careful not to make public any internal pitch/innings restrictions for Darvish over the rest of the season, but he is returning late enough in the season that they may not need to take any drastic measures to protect him.

15DYu Darvish SP TEX 4 days ago

Darvish (elbow) will return to the rotation Saturday against the Pirates, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Rangers manager Jeff Banister confirmed that plan while meeting with the media Monday. Darvish had a 21:6 K:BB over 20 innings at Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Round Rock during his rehab assignment, but it remains to be seen if he'll face any short-term workload restrictions as he completes the return from Tommy John surgery this weekend.

15DYu Darvish SP TEX 5 days ago

Darvish (elbow) said he is ready for his 2016 debut, Fox Sports Southwest's Anthony Andro reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Darvish finished his rehab assignment with Double-A Frisco on Sunday, striking out six batters over six scoreless innings (87 pitches) while allowing just three hits and a walk. He surrendered three runs (two earned) in 20 innings between his five rehab starts for Frisco and Triple-A Round Rock, with 21 strikeouts and just nine hits allowed. Darvish is scheduled to make his 2016 MLB debut Saturday against the Pirates.

15DYu Darvish SP TEX 5 days ago

Darvish is scheduled to make his 2016 debut with the Rangers on Saturday, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Darvish has now made four rehab starts, increasing his workload by an inning each time out. A .125 opponent batting average through 14 minor league innings is certainly promising, so the Rangers will elect bring back one of the organization's top pitchers in short order. Barring any setbacks, fantasy owners that took a chance on Darvish should be able to count on roughly four months of utility.

15DYu Darvish SP TEX 1 week ago

Darvish (elbow) is expected to make one more rehab start before rejoining the Rangers' rotation, Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The right-hander made his fourth rehab start for Double-A Frisco on Tuesday, allowing three hits and one walk while striking out six over five innings (68 pitches). He typically sat in the 93-95 mph range with his fastball, but got at high as 97 mph. The tentative target date for his return to the majors is May 27, although the Rangers could always keep Darvish down for a couple more starts if they still have some reservations following Sunday's outing.

15DYu Darvish SP TEX 2 weeks ago

Darvish will make his next rehab start with Double-A Frisco on Tuesday, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

He'll be held to a limit of five innings or 75 pitches during the rehab start, his fourth thus far. Assuming all goes well in the outing, Darvish will likely make one more start in the minors where he'll throw close to 100 pitches before being activated from the DL.

15DYu Darvish SP TEX 2 weeks ago

Darvish (elbow) threw four innings and 54 pitches at Triple-A Round Rock in a rehab start Thursday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Darvish is being penciled in for two more rehab starts before rejoining the Texas rotation.

15DYu Darvish SP TEX 3 weeks ago

Darvish (elbow) will make his next rehab start Thursday with Triple-A Round Rock, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Darvish looked sharp in his first rehab start Friday with Round Rock and second overall during his comeback from Tommy John surgery, tossing three innings and striking out three while giving up one run on two hits and a walk. He should work deeper into the game during his second outing with Round Rock and could be activated from the 15-day DL soon thereafter.

15DYu Darvish SP TEX 3 weeks ago

Darvish (elbow) threw for three strikeouts over 3.0 innings in Friday's rehab stint with Triple-A Round Rock, allowing two hits and one walk.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Friday's rehab stint went accordingly, further affirming the 29-year-old's original mid-May timetable for return. Considering things are progressing nicely, Darvish's ownership rates should balloon appropriately, especially since he's registered at least 182 strikeouts and 10 wins over his previous three years in MLB.

15DYu Darvish SP TEX 3 weeks ago

Darvish (elbow) threw a 15-pitch bullpen session Tuesday and is still expected to pitch in his rehab assignment Friday, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Darvish is still targeting a mid-to-late May return from the DL and his exact status should be more clear following his rehab start with Triple-A Round Rock on Friday.