Yu Darvish dances around trouble in second major league start

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The results were better in Yu Darvish’s second major league start this afternoon against the Twins, but he was still pretty shaky.

Darvish allowed two runs (one earned) over 5 2/3 innings before being pulled after 102 pitches. Not too bad, right? Well, he also allowed 14 baserunners (nine hits, four walks and a hit batsman) and loaded the bases on three separate occasions, including when he was pulled for Robbie Ross in the bottom of the sixth. His line would have looked a lot worse if Ross didn’t get Justin Morneau to pop out to end the threat.

Through his first two starts, Darvish has allowed seven runs (six earned) on 17 hits over 11 1/3 innings to go along with an underwhelming 9/8 K/BB ratio. It’s way too soon to make any judgments about him moving forward, as he has fantastic stuff and a varied arsenal at his disposal, but he obviously needs to be a lot more efficient.

The Rangers ended up winning the game 6-2, as Adrian Beltre drove in a pair of runs and Josh Hamilton went 3-for-5 with a long solo home run.

Matt Chapman to be sidelined for six weeks following shoulder surgery

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Jane Lee of MLB.com reports that Athletics third baseman Matt Chapman has undergone his second surgery of the offseason. After feeling continued discomfort in his left shoulder, he had a distal clavicle resection on Friday, for which he’ll be sidelined at least six weeks before getting cleared to resume his preseason workout regimen.

The 25-year-old corner infielder closed out his sophomore season in the majors in 2018. He batted a terrific .278/.356/.508 with 24 home runs, an .864 OPS and 6.5 fWAR across 616 plate appearances, received his first career Gold Glove distinction and was a finalist for the American League MVP award as well. Despite recent complications, Chapman’s regular season performance wasn’t marred by injury — he sustained a right thumb contusion in June, but bounced back within three weeks and enjoyed a strong second half — and the A’s will undoubtedly look to him as one of their strongest performers in 2019.

Friday’s procedure was his second of the year, as he also underwent an ulnar sided sesamoid bone excision in his thumb back in October. Per Lee and MLB.com’s Manny Randhawa, Chapman is expected to make a complete recovery within a two-month window, after which point he’ll likely be in fine shape to contribute during spring training.