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GM close to ruling Darvish out for season

Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels stressed Monday that staff ace Yu Darvish might not return in 2014 from the 15-day disabled list, where he sits with elbow inflammation.

Speaking to ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM, Daniels said it doesn’t make sense to bring the right-hander back given the Rangers’ place in the standings and the amount of time it would take for him to get back up to speed.

“I think it’s the function of the calendar,” Daniels said. “At this point, he has shown a lot of improvement. We’ll probably get another [MRI] to see where it’s at soon. But if we get to a point where he’s been down for too long -- and that’s probably coming up here in the beginning of September -- I’m not sure if it makes sense to ramp him back up for a couple of starts at the end of the month.”

Darvish hasn’t pitched since Aug. 9 in Houston, where he lasted just four innings, allowing five earned runs on nine hits.

A few days later, Darvish complained of discomfort in his throwing elbow and a MRI exam revealed inflammation. The Rangers placed Darvish on the DL on Aug. 13, retroactive to Aug. 10. He was eligible to return Monday at Seattle, but didn’t make the trip.

Darvish’s status for this current 10-day road trip is uncertain, and it’s doubtful he’ll see a game the rest of the season.

The only thing keeping it from being official is an announcement from the Rangers.

“That’s how we’re looking at it,” Daniels said. “Admittedly, it’s playing it on the cautious side, but I think with the season we’ve had with the injuries, as important as he and other guys are to us, I just don’t see pushing a pitcher out there when you've got a known injury in the elbow -- and he’s obviously an important piece to us going forward.”

There is some concern that Darvish, 28, has upset some in the clubhouse or in the front office with the stint on the disabled list.

Daniels disputed that, saying it was his call to place the pitcher on the DL and that his manager, Ron Washington -- who expressed a desire for Darvish’s return this week -- was of like mind.

“We’re all on the same page,” Daniels said. “Everyone in the same room. If there had been a desire to challenge Darvish or question his intent, it would have been right there, and Wash was 100 percent on his side and in his corner and wanted to protect him.”