Texas Rangers starting right-handed pitcher Yu Darvish has given up 18 earned runs in his last three starts, and he has just one win in his last six. Before this afternoon’s game in Boston, Darvish visited manager Ron Washington’s office.
“I had Yu up in here just to check in. The last time I checked in we were in San Francisco,” Washington told Eric Nadel on Rangers Baseball Tonight preceding the game on the Texas Rangers ESPN Radio Network. “And, I just wanted to check in today and to have almost like a father-son talk and find out where his state of mind is, let him know where my state of mind is, and just move forward. I just want him to be comfortable.”
Darvish dropped to 11-8 on the season after Monday's start against the Red Sox, in which he gave up six earned runs on a season high 11 hits in 6 2/3 innings.
Nadel asked Washington if it was reassuring to hear about Darvish’s state of mind.
“Yes, it really was," Washington said. "He’s finally relaxed and feeling like he can just go out there and be Yu Darvish and not worry about the results. I think we are about to see something special the rest of the way here. I don’t know when it’s going to click in, but it’s going to click in.”
The last Darvish-Washington meeting occurred after Darvish had lost three of four starts, but then he won his next three. The right-hander is scheduled to make his next start Sunday in the finale of a three-game series against the Detroit Tigers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.