Rangers ace Yu Darvish was cleared by Dr. Keith Meister to begin his normal throwing program Tuesday.
Darvish, who missed the last month and half of the season because of mild inflammation in his right elbow, underwent an MRI exam and subsequent examination by Dr. Meister.
After an Aug. 9 start at Houston, where he lasted just four innings, Darvish complained of mild discomfort in his elbow. As a precaution, the Rangers placed Darvish (10-7, 3.06 ERA) on the disabled list in early August and he never returned.
When the season ended, Darvish went back home to Japan before returning to the United States this week to meet with Rangers officials. Darvish was doing conditioning training in Japan. Now back in Arlington, he will work out for the next few weeks.
Darvish, who made 22 starts, will begin his throwing program in December.
Notes: The Rangers finalized some roster moves with two teams overseas. Outfielder Jim Adduci had his player rights sold to the Lotte Giants of the Korea Baseball Organization and pitchers Miles Mikolas and Aaron Poreda had their player rights sold to the Nippon Professional Baseball's Central League.