Craig Calcaterra

Blogger at NBC Sport.com's HardballTalk. Recovering litigator. Rake. Scoundrel. Notorious Man-About-Town.

Yu Darvish is fine, it seems

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Yu Darvish left last night’s Astros-Rangers game early with shoulder trouble. Given that he was just two and a half starts back from Tommy John surgery it seemed worrisome. But it now seems that it may not be as worrisome as first, um, worried.

Darvish played catch today and afterward said he expects to take his next turn in the Rangers’ rotation, which would be Monday at Oakland. Darvish will be reevaluated after his usual bullpen session this weekend. Assuming the tightness is gone, the effective Darvish — he has 19 strikeouts in 15 and two-thirds innings — will be back on the hill as scheduled.

David Ortiz: “mentally, I’m exhausted”

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David Ortiz is raking this year and that has led many to wonder if he truly will retire. We tackled that a couple of weeks ago, discussing how those who think he shouldn’t retire are missing the point of with respect to why he’s choosing to retire.

If there was any doubt about that, Ortiz’s interview with Bob Nightengale should put that further to rest:

“A couple of years ago everyone kept asking, ‘How much longer you going to play?’ And now, people see you doing your thing, and they’re telling you, “Don’t quit now. We would like to see you play for another year.’ It’s crazy . . . right now, my mind is made up. Physically, I could do it, but mentally, I’m exhausted. Hopefully, everything keeps going well this year, because right now, everything is going perfect.”

Calls for Ortiz to play beyond this year are about the person making the call, not about David Ortiz. He says he’s having fun. He even says “I’m having so much fun that I actually can’t believe I’m retiring this year, either.’’ But he says he is definitely retiring.

Let’s enjoy a great athlete going out on top and stop demanding that he goes out on our terms.

Adrian Beltre left last night’s game with a tight hamstring

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Yu Darvish wasn’t the only casualty in last night’s Rangers-Astros game. Third baseman Adrian Beltre went down as well, suffering from a tight left hamstring in the eighth inning.

Beltre grabbed his hamstring after reaching second base. He was taken out for “precautionary” measures, manager Jeff Banister said afterward. Today was already a planned day off for Beltre, so Jurickson Profar will get the start. If he has to miss more time, Profar’s hot bat since he came up makes it easier.