Rangers strike out artist Yu Darvish was scheduled to pitch Tuesday night against the Minnesota Twins, but now that’s not going to happen. Darvish has been scratched from his start after experiencing stiffness in his neck, the Rangers have announced.
Right-hander Scott Baker will likely replace Darvish as the starting pitcher tonight for Texas as they face the Twins on the road at Target Field. Baker has made just two appearances on the season and is 0-1 with an ERA of 6.35.
The Dallas Morning News reports that Darvish reported a stiff neck when he woke up Tuesday morning in his Minneapolis motel room. Darvish also experienced a neck issue back in spring training and had to begin the season on the DL. So you can see why the Rangers would err on the side of caution in shutting Darvish down at least for tonight.
Darvish is scheduled to receive an MRI and the Rangers say they have no idea if the pitcher will be able to make his next start.
The right handed hurler is 4-2 on the season with a 2.35 ERA and 71 strike outs in 61.1 innings. Besides the fastball, Darvish has also learned to use the slow curve/semi-eephus as a devastating weapon.