The Major league Baseball season is coming to an end and pennant races are starting to heat up. Teams are starting to make moves to help bolster pitching staffs and dump some salary to make room for the offseason.
One team that finds themselves out of the playoff race is the Texas Rangers, who have been hit by the injury bug all season long. The Rangers suffered a huge loss when they had to place ace of the pitching staff Yu Darvish on the disabled list on August 13th with elbow inflammation.
According to NBC’s Hardball Talk, the Texas Rangers are likely to shut down Darvish for the remainder of the season.
— HardballTalk (@HardballTalk) August 25, 2014
The Rangers have not officially announced that they will be shutting down Darvish for the remainder of the season, but in a recent on-air radio appearance, Rangers’ General Manager John Daniels said that it is unlikely Darvish will pitch this season.
“By the calendar and how close to the end of the season we are, I don’t know that it will allow him to pitch again. I think it’s critical going into next year for us to put all these injury issues and concerns behind us as we possibly can. It doesn’t seem to make a whole lot of sense to me to take a risk when the MRI clearly shows there is something going on in there.”
Darvish has taken some criticism for not returning to the Rangers’ pitching staff sooner, but it does not make any sense for the Rangers to risk further injury to their ace when they are in last place of the American League West and do not seem to have any playoff hopes at all.
If Darvish is in fact done for the season, he will finish his third MLB season with a 3.06 ERA in 22 starts, leading the league in strikeout rate for the second year in a row at 11.3 per nine innings.