Texas Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish nearly maxed out on pitches in a 14-strikeout effort against Boston on Sunday. Darvish threw 127 pitches, most in the majors this season, in seven innings. Manager Ron Washington said on Monday that he would have pulled Darvish had his last hitter, Pedro Ciriaco, reached. Washington said he will not push Darvish beyond 130 pitches. “I really feel that 130 is it,” Washington said. Three major leaguers threw 130-plus pitches in a start last season: Detroit’s Justin Verlander, San Diego’s Edinson Volquez and Johan Santana of the New York Mets. Verlander did it twice. Darvish will get an extra day of rest before his next start, at hapless Houston on Saturday. Pitching coach Mike Maddux said other than the additional rest, nothing will change in Darvish’s between-starts work.
Rangers’ Ron Washington says he wouldn’t have pushed Yu Darvish past 130 pitches
Dallas Morning News | May 7