For now the Rangers are saying it’s no big deal, but Yu Darvish exited his first spring training start today after just one inning and given his elbow problems last season it’s definitely worrisome.
Today’s issue is officially being termed tightness in his right triceps.
Darvish spent the final six weeks of last season on the disabled list, limiting him to just 22 starts and 144 innings. Before the injury he was his usual dominant self, posting a 3.06 ERA with 11.3 strikeouts per nine innings.
The Cleveland Indians have released Mike Napoli.
This is not terribly surprising as he was seen as a depth move to begin with. Injury insurance for Yonder Alonso at first base and Edwin Encarnacion at DH, neither of whom are injured at the moment. Napoli was on a minor league contract and the Indians made it clear that, if he can’t find a major league job elsewhere, he’s welcome to come back and cool his heels in Columbus in the event he’s needed later.
Which may be what happens if he wants to keep playing because, after a season in which he hit .193/.285/.428, and a spring in which he hit .218/.310/.431, there aren’t likely to be a ton of takers.