Darvish returned to Texas to be checked out by Dr. Keith Meister on Thursday, and assistant general manager Thad Levine said the exam was "totally normal," and no MRI or any scans were needed. Darvish was placed on the DL, retroactive to Sunday, with a right trapezius strain and is eligible to come off it July 22, when the Rangers start a four-game series against the Yankees.
"[This was] consistent with Darvish [thought] that it was, probably a little bit of arm fatigue," Levine said before Thursday's game with the Orioles, which Darvish had been scheduled to start. "He's going to come back to Detroit [where the Rangers play next], start back on his throwing programs with the expectation to get back on the rotation coming out of the break. It was as good a news as we could have gotten."
An American League All-Star, Darvish will head to New York for Tuesday's game -- he just won't play.
Darvish went through something similar last July when he didn't pitch for about two weeks. The only difference is that the Rangers didn't place him on the disabled list. This is the first time he's been on the DL.
"He said he was fine when he left here so I'm glad that, after seeing the doctor, it worked the way he said it would work," said Rangers manager Ron Washington.
Levine said the All-Star break and how the schedule plays out simply let the Rangers give Darvish some time to rest.
"It's the right time in a year where the schedule plays [out], so that it allows you to give a pitcher who's been shouldering a lot of innings and a big load for us and a guy that we're going to count on a lot down the stretch, to give him two weeks off [and] miss just one start," Levine said. "It turns out to be a move that he ultimately initiated and we supported, and it proved to be the right one."