For the first time since the spring of 2015, Texas Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish was on the mound doing what he does best.
Darvish, who underwent Tommy John surgery on March 17, 2015 pitched two scoreless innings in a rehab start at Double-A Frisco against Corpus Christi. Darvish struck out two and allowed just one base runner in the outing.
Per the Dallas Morning News, Darvish’s velocity was right there. He threw 32 total pitches with 24 of them being fastballs. Darvish’s average velocity clocked out to 94.3 miles per hour while hitting 97 MPH on two different occasions.
The 29-year-old Darvish left his rehab game with a standing ovation from the home crowd. It was the first time since August of 2014 that Darvish pitched in a game that would go against a team’s record.
“It’s been a while since I pitched in a game situation,” Darvish said through an interpreter, also according to the Dallas Morning News. “I felt like I was pitching with the bases loaded in a big league game every pitch.”
“I am glad the fans didn’t forget me for not pitching in more than a year,” Darvish said. “I appreciate that.”
The Rangers are expecting Darvish to make four more rehab starts before they activate him from the 15-day disabled list. Darvish will try to pitch one more inning in each rehab start.
Texas currently sits at 14-11 on the year, good for 1st in the American League West with Cole Hamels leading their starting rotation. Hamels was acquired by the Rangers from the Phillies last year largely impart to Darvish being out with Tommy John surgery.
Darvish owns a career 3.27 earned run average and a 39-25 in three MLB seasons.
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