The Texas Rangers pitcher wasn’t happy about the notion he quit on the team last season
After Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish suffered elbow inflammation last season, the right-hander didn’t pitch again for the rest of the season. Many wondered if the Rangers poor record led to Darvish deciding to call it a season.
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Some went even as far as to speculate if Darvish quit on the Rangers.
With the Rangers returning to their spring training home in Surprise, Arizona, Darvish, who usually answers through an interpreter, answered in English about whether he quit on the team.
Simply put, Darvish wasn’t happy with the notion that people assumed he did.
In his time with the Rangers, Darvish has been very good. It’s easy to see why he would be frustrated being asked about if he quit on the team. Elbow injuries are nothing to take lightly in baseball anymore with the amount of pitchers that are having Tommy John surgery these days.
The Rangers season in 2014 was one to forget with the team going 67-95. With the team well out of it by August, it made sense for Darvish to be careful and have the future in my mind rather than risking further damage to his elbow.
While it may not have been the answer Rangers fans wanted to hear, it’s probably better he shut it down and they get to have him for the season this year than him potentially losing this season to an elbow injury.
The Rangers go into the season under new manager Jeff Banister and are looking to rebound in the AL West after a down year. To compete in a loaded AL West, the Rangers are going to need Darvish healthy and out on the mound every five days.
Regardless of what happened last season, Darvish is back and ready to go.
[H/T: Stefan Stevenson]