Yu Darvish dazzled his teammates with a scoreless inning in a Texas Rangers intrasquad game Sunday, then unveiled the latest addition to his repertoire: A much improved command of the English language.

Darvish, who has spoken almost exclusively through an interpreter for public consumption since signing with Texas out of his native Japan in 2012, achieved a first when he gave a six-minute interview in English with print reporters. Among other things, he tried to set the record straight about the premature and somewhat controversial ending to his 2014 season.

Darvish, a three-time All-Star, was 10-7 with a 3.06 ERA when he went down with what the Rangers called "mild elbow inflammation" in August. The Rangers were mired in last place at the time, and Darvish created a stir when he said he might have continued to pitch if the team was higher up in the standings. A subsequent MRI showed the injury was more serious than initially believed, and Darvish said doctors advised him to shut it down for the final seven weeks.

In hindsight, what response does Darvish have for media critics and fans who suggested that he quit on the team?

"That's bulls---," Darvish said. "I never quit the team. I love my teammates and this ballclub, and I've never done that in my life. That's not true."

When asked if the injury was more than mild elbow inflammation, Darvish demurred.

"Ask J.D.," he said, in reference to Rangers general manager Jon Daniels.