Mar 4, 2014; Tempe, AZ, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcher Yu Darvish (11) reacts during a spring training game against the Los Angeles Angels at Tempe Diablo Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Yu Darvish officially scratched for Rangers opener


The news has come down the wire and it is not good.

Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Texas Rangers’ ace Yu Darvish has officially been scratched from making his Opening Day start due to neck stiffness. He will see neck specialist Dr. Drew Dossett on Wednesday for further diagnosis.

Darvish was slated to go up against Cliff Lee and the Philadelphia Phillies on March 31st. Last year, Darvish finished second in the AL Cy Young voting with a 13-9 record and a 2.83 ERA, leading the Majors in strikeouts with 277.

Darvish’s scratch opens the door for lefty Martin Perez to make the Opening Day start, although the club has not announced anything as of yet. Perez missed the first couple of months of the season last year after having his arm broken by a comebacker in Spring Training. Upon coming off of the DL, Perez pitched to a 10-6 record with a 3.62 ERA, good enough to receive a 4-year, $24 million contract in the off season.

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