Right-hander Yu Darvish has been placed on the 15-day disabled list due to tightness in his neck and shoulder, the Texas Rangers said Monday.
Darvish underwent an MRI exam in Arlington and tests found no significant damage to his right shoulder, but the team decided to put him on a “no-throw” schedule in order to have him recover fully.
The 29-year-old complained of stiffness around his right shoulder in a game against the Houston Astros last week, and was replaced after five innings. He struck out seven while allowing three hits, including a solo homer, and walking four in a 76-pitch outing.
He skipped his scheduled start against the Oakland Athletics on Monday after he experienced discomfort while playing catch on Saturday.
Darvish, who missed the entire 2015 season after undergoing a Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery in March, is 2-0 with a 2.87 ERA in three games since he returned to major leagues in late May.