Yu Darvish's back feeling better

Yu Darvish was checked out by Texas Rangers doctors, including spine consultant Dr. Drew Dossett, this week in Dallas, and the inflammation from nerve irritation in his back was found to have subsided.

Darvish had an MRI and an exam that showed his improvement. He received an injection near the end of the season to help with the inflammation.

"This is the news we were hoping for,” Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said. “Our training staff will continue working with Yu to strengthen his core and avoid any future issues. He should have a normal offseason and ramp up to spring as he otherwise would have."

Darvish finished second in the American League Cy Young balloting in 2013 after leading the league in strikeouts with 277, an average of 11.89 per 9 innings. He had the lowest opponent batting average in the AL at .194.