Darvish hit in head during practice


All-Star pitcher Yu Darvish was cleared of any bad injury after being struck on the top of the head by a batted ball while throwing in the outfield during batting practice on Tuesday.

The Texas Rangers said Darvish was examined by team physician Dr. Keith Meister before Tuesday night’s game against Houston, and that “everything appears to be OK.”

Darvish is expected to make his scheduled start Wednesday against the Astros. The Rangers said Darvish would be re-evaluated before the game as a precaution.

The pitcher had just made a throw when he was struck by the batted ball. Clearly stunned, the ace dropped into a squat momentarily before getting up, wiping his brow and appearing to check his head with his fingers. He then put his cap back on and finished his throwing session in right field with other pitchers.

Rangers left-hander Derek Holland was shagging balls in front of Darvish. The ball glanced off Holland’s glove before hitting Darvish.

“I heard it,” Holland said. “I was supposed to be protecting him but I just couldn’t get to the ball. It was too high. I didn’t get high enough. He’s fine.”

Wednesday is Darvish’s last scheduled appearance before the All-Star break.