A lack of rest won't be an issue tonight when Yu Darvish gets his third crack at Seattle while working on 12 days' rest since his last start. The Rangers skipped him the last time through the rotation and added the All-Star break to provide Darvish with a length hiatus they hope will carry him through to the end of his first season pitching primarily every fifth day. "He needed a break, and we took it upon ourselves to give it to him," manager Ron Washington said. "He should come out strong and should come out feeling fresh." The Mariners have been Darvish's toughest foe so far. He won his big-league debut against them, though he allowed five runs in 52/3 innings, but lasted only four innings and issued six runs May 21 at Safeco Field. He has issued 10 walks in the two starts. Darvish said last week that his body has held up better than he could have expected, and he didn't simply sit on the couch during his layoff. He threw four bullpen sessions, including 38 pitches Thursday before the Rangers' flight to the Pacific Northwest. "We worked on the same stuff we always work on, throwing strikes with everything," pitching coach Mike Maddux said.
Darvish feeling strong after long break
Fort Worth Star-Telegram | Jul 14