ARLINGTON, TEXAS – Yu Darvish will miss at least a couple of starts for the Rangers because of right elbow inflammation.
Texas placed its ace on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday night, a day before his scheduled start against Tampa Bay. He will have an MRI on Thursday.
The move was retroactive to Sunday, a day after Darvish allowed six runs and nine hits over four innings in a loss at Texas. The Rangers said he didn’t have any issues during that game, but felt tightness when throwing on the side Monday and that feeling never went away.
“Yu had expressed that he could pitch probably if we were in a different spot, a meaningful game (Thursday),” general manager Jon Daniels said. “He agreed, we agreed, it was better to be cautious. . . . With the year we’ve had with injuries, we’re not going to push it and take any chance at this point.”
Darvish is the 14th player currently on the DL for the Rangers. That is the most in the majors, as are the team’s 24 overall disabled list uses, including Darvish at the beginning of the season because of neck stiffness.
Texas purchased the contract of left-hander Alex Claudio from Triple-A Round Rock to be in the bullpen a night after the Rangers’ 14-inning victory.
Left-hander Robbie Ross will be recalled from Round Rock on Thursday to start in Darvish’s spot. The Rangers will have to make a corresponding move to add Ross at that point.
Darvish (10-7, 3.06 ERA) skipped throwing a normal bullpen session between starts this week. When talking to reporters Tuesday, during his normal availability two days before each of his scheduled starts, he referred to a break at this point in the season and said nothing about soreness in his elbow.
Team physician Dr. Keith Meister initially examined Darvish later Tuesday night.
When asked if there was any thought of shutting Darvish down for the season, with the team last in the AL West and well out of playoff contention, Daniels said it was premature to answer that before getting MRI results.
Iwakuma wins 11th
Kendrys Morales hit a two-run home run in the first inning and starter Hisashi Iwakuma pitched into the seventh to help the Seattle Mariners beat the Toronto Blue Jays 2-0 Wednesday, completing a sweep of the three-game series.
Iwakuma (11-6) failed to finish seven innings for the first time in eight starts, but the right-hander still struck out five without issuing a walk in 6⅔ innings. It is the seventh time in that stretch Iwakuma has allowed two runs or fewer.
“It’s a big series,” Iwakuma said through an interpreter. “Winning two . . . was big and I needed to finish up the series strong.”
Toronto’s Munenori Kawasaki was 1-for-3 with a walk.
Royals 3, Athletics 0
In Kansas City, Jason Vargas tossed a three-hitter for his sixth career shutout and Omar Infante hit a two-run homer for the Royals.
Kansas City’s Norichika Aoki went 2-for-3 with a run.
Orioles 5, Yankees 3
In Baltimore, Jonathan Schoop and Adam Jones homered in a four-run eighth inning as the Orioles rallied to sweep the two-game series.
Rays 10, Rangers 1
In Arlington, Texas, Chris Archer had a career-high 12 strikeouts in seven innings and Matt Joyce hit the first of Tampa Bay’s three early home runs.
Twins 3, Astros 1
In Houston, Joe Mauer homered to break a scoreless deadlock and Kyle Gibson gave up one run in 7⅔ innings.
Tigers 8, Pirates 4
In Detroit, Nick Castellanos homered and tripled, and the Tigers snapped a four-game losing streak.
Angels 4, Phillies 3
In Anaheim, Howie Kendrick delivered a go-ahead, two-run single in the sixth inning, and Jered Weaver pitched six resilient innings for Los Angeles.
Indians 3, D-Backs 2 (1st) D-Backs 1, Indians 0 (12) (2nd)
In Cleveland, Zach Walters’ one-out homer in the ninth gave the Indians a win in the first game of a doubleheader.
In the nightcap, five Arizona pitchers combined on the shutout.
Addison Reed gave up pinch hitter Lonnie Chisenhall’s two-out double in the 12th, but struck out Jason Kipnis for his 28th save.