Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels in a radio interview with KRLD-FM/105.3 “The Fan” on Monday indicated that it is unlikely Yu Darvish will pitch again for the club this season.

Answering a question seeking to clarify Darvish’s status following his placement on the DL on August 13 with right elbow inflammation, Daniels said the club was going to be extremely cautious in making a determination about the star pitcher’s return.

“With everything else we’ve dealt with and how important he is, we’ve said once he’s completely asymptomatic and the doctor clears him, we’d get another scan and then if everything is clear, we’d get him back pitching,” Daniel said. “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,” Daniels added. “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.”

Daniels did say the club has not definitely ruled out a Darvish return. With barely a month left in the season, though, it seems more and more unlikely. The rehab plan mentioned by Daniels might not get Darvish on a mound for another 10 days to two weeks. Darvish is not on the current 10-game road trip to Seattle, Houston and Kansas City that begins on Monday night. He is getting treatment in Arlington and, according to Daniels, showing signs of improvement.