Notes: Yu Darvish getting exam

Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish is visiting team officials this week.

Items on his to-do list include meeting new manager Jeff Banister, checking in with pitching coach Mike Maddux and getting an exam on his right elbow, which had some mild inflammation toward the end of last season.

Darvish is scheduled to undergo an MRI exam and if the results are good, he's expected to begin his normal throwing program next month.

GM Jon Daniels said at the GM Meetings recently that Darvish is always in shape and doesn't have any issues regarding his durability. Darvish has spent time on the DL in all three of his big league seasons for a variety of reasons.

Darvish went on the DL after the mild inflammation was discovered and didn't return.

Chirinos wins award: It was nice to see Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos receive the first ever The Richard Durrett Hardest-Working Man award presented by the Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America. Durrett, as you know, was a former Rangers beat writer for ESPNDallas.com. Durrett passed away June 17.

"I'm totally touched about the award," said Kelly Durrett, Richard's widow. "One of things I want our kids to remember about Richard was how hard working he was. He had so much dedication and drive and I still don't know how he got everything done in a day. He really did work harder than anyone I know. I think this is the perfect way to honor and to remember him. It's great that this could be done and I'm sure Robinson was someone Richard enjoyed working with and someone who is truly deserving."

Hot Stove rumors: ESPN's own Jerry Crasnick reports the Rangers have mild interest in Seattle outfielder Michael Saunders. In eight games at Globe Life Park last season, Saunders hit .238/.333/.476. The Rangers are looking for a left fielder with Shin-Soo Choo likely moving to right field and Saunders, who primarily played right field last season, has played both corner outfield spots in the past.

Roster moves: Infielder Ed Lucas signed a minor league contract and will be a non-roster invitee to spring training. Lucas, 32, was claimed on waivers from the Miami Marlins when the season ended and then became a free agent. Lucas is a career .255 hitter in 163 big league games.

The club released outfielder Jim Adduci so he can play in Asia in 2015. Rangers officials expect Adduci to finalize the deal this week. He played in 44 games for the Rangers last season, hitting .168.