Tag: Yu Darvish

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Report: Nationals open to trading Stephen Strasburg


They may keep Jordan Zimmermann, but USA TODAY’s John Perrotto reports that the Nationals are open to trading Stephen Strasburg, saying he is “very much available”. He adds that both sides believe it is time to move on.

Strasburg, 26, avoided arbitration in his second year of eligibility last week, agreeing to a one-year deal worth $7.4 million. He’ll be eligible for arbitration in his final year going into the 2016 season, after which he can become a free agent.

Strasburg has been one of baseball’s best starters over the past three seasons, compiling an aggregate 3.10 ERA with a 630/147 K/BB ratio in 557 1/3 innings. His 28 percent strikeout rate over that span of time is bested only by Yu Darvish (30.1%) and new teammate Max Scherzer (28.6%).

Yu Darvish has been cleared to resume throwing

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Rangers ace Yu Darvish, who missed the final six weeks of the season with an elbow injury, has been cleared to resume throwing.

T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that an MRI exam came back clean, so Darvish will begin his usual offseason throwing schedule. He’s expected to do some throwing in early December.

Before being shut down Darvish was his usual fantastic self with a 3.07 ERA and 182 strikeouts in 144 innings, posting a double-digit strikeout rate for the third time in three MLB seasons.

Rangers officially shut Yu Darvish down for the season

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The Rangers have shut down ace Yu Darvish for the season, per Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. There had been some speculation — and even a push by some in the local media — that Darvish would return before the end of the season, but with the Rangers bringing up the rear in the American League, there was no need to take the risk of exacerbating the right-hander’s injury.

Though it ended a little earlier than expected, Darvish had another great season. He’ll finish with a 10-7 record, a 3.06 ERA, and a 182/49 K/BB ratio in 144 1/3 innings over 22 starts.

ESPN’s Calvin Watkins doubles down on his Yu Darvish nonsense. Also fails to understand how the DL works.

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Last week ESPNDallas.com’s Calvin Watkins — who is primarily a football writer — slammed Yu Darvish for not pitching through elbow pain. As if that’s a thing any sensible baseball analyst would ever recommend in this day and age given the prevalence of Tommy John surgeries, given the value of a top-flight pitcher on a team-friendly contract and given the fact that the Rangers’ season has effectively been over since before Memorial Day.

Yesterday it was reported that the Rangers were probably going to shut Darvish down for the season. A move suggesting that maybe — just maybe — Darvish isn’t being soft or whatever he’s accused of being. A move which suggests that Watkins’ analysis of the situation from last week was off-base.

Watkins doesn’t seem to care. Indeed, he’s doubling down on his dissing of Darvish, once again citing the bumps and bruises of other players and saying that it appeared as though Darvish was “quitting on his team.” But that’s not the best part.

Check this stuff out. It would appear that the man the biggest sports news and information organization on the planet has covering the Major League Baseball team in one of the largest cities in America doesn’t know how the disabled list works:

Darvish could have handled things differently regarding his stint on the disabled list.

Instead of electing to go on the DL, he probably should have asked for some rest — because the Rangers would have given it to him. General manager Jon Daniels made the correct call in sitting Darvish, but perhaps the ace should have delayed the DL process a little bit.

Darvish most likely would miss two to three starts before being asked to do anything. If he was still having issues, then he would have been placed on the DL.

Darvish going on the shelf without waiting to see how he felt after a little time off raises some questions and some perception issues . . . I just wish Darvish had waited a little while before going on the DL, because you don’t want to come across as quitting on your team.

Based on that, here are the things Watkins apparently believes or misunderstands:

  • He is unaware that Darvish has been on the disabled list for some time already.
  • He believes that yesterday’s comments from Jon Daniels did something official regarding Darvish’s status as opposed to merely stating that the team does not believe Darvish will be able to pitch this year.
  • It appears that Watkins thinks that players just choose when to go on the DL as opposed to having their team put them on it.
  • It appears as if he thinks that the disabled list — like the NFL’s injured reserve list — is a season-long thing, from which no one can return once one is placed on it as opposed to a temporary thing. A temporary thing which allows for players having their time on it calculated retroactively to their last appearance. In Darvish’s case, back to August 9, when he last pitched.

Maybe some of you agree with Watkins’ “suck it up, dude!” attitude about Darvish and his injuries. I think you’re wrong if you think that way, but you are entitled to your opinion. But I’m not sure how anyone can take a thing this guy says about baseball seriously when he quite literally does not know what on Earth he is talking about when it comes to baseball.

We miss you, Richard Durrett. We miss you very badly.

Shin-Soo Choo to undergo season-ending bone spur surgery on elbow

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First Yu Darvish, now this. Capping off a disappointing first year with the Rangers, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that outfielder Shin-Soo Choo is headed for season-ending surgery to remove a bone spur from his left elbow.

There were big expectations when the Rangers signed Choo to a seven-year, $130 million contract over the winter, but he ended up posting career-worsts across the board, with a .242/.340/.374 batting line to go along with 13 home runs and 40 RBI over 123 games. Some of the struggles can be blamed on an early-season ankle injury and Wilson writes that Choo has been dealing with the bone spur since spring training. It’s been that kind of year for the Rangers.

Choo still got on base at a good clip this year and it’s fair to expect better production with improved health, but he turns 33 next July and still has $116 million coming his way through 2020.