Texas Rangers ace and three-time All Star Yu Darvish is seeking a second opinion regarding partially torn ligaments and his troublesome right elbow before fully committing to the three most dreaded words for MLB pitchers: Tommy John Surgery.
An MRI taken late on Friday revealed the tear in the latest string of bad news for the Rangers, a team that was devastated with injuries last season.
Darvish battled injuries for much of 2014 and finished with a 10-7 record while recording 182 strikeouts. When Darvish is healthy, he’s one of the most dominating fireballers in all of baseball. For his career, Darvish has a 39-25 record with 3.27 ERA to go along with 680 K’s.
“Not going to sugarcoat it, it’s not the news that we wanted,” Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said. “You basically have two choices: You can hang your head and kind of dwell on it or you can do everything you can to get him the right care and get him back.”
In all likelihood, the Rangers will now look to Derek Holland to their No. 1 starter entering the 2015 season.