Yu Darvish throws for first time since Tommy John surgery

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Yu Darvish won’t be able to help the Rangers as they attempt to secure a Wild Card spot in the American League, but here’s some good news as we look toward 2016.

Darvish underwent Tommy John surgery back in mid-March, so he’s about five months into his recovery. There’s still a long way to go, but the hope is that he’ll be ready to rejoin the Rangers’ rotation early next season. With Cole Hamels now in the fold, that could be quite the 1-2 punch.

Darvish, who just turned 29 on Sunday, owns a 3.27 ERA with 11.2 K/9 over his first 83 starts in the majors.

Zack Wheeler will miss at least two starts when his wife gives birth

Zack Wheeler miss starts
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Per The Athletic’s Matt Gelb, Phillies starter Zack Wheeler will miss at least two starts when his wife goes into labor and gives birth to their first child, expected to be later this month. Wheeler, in fact, is not sure if he will return to play at all once their child is born.

Wheeler said, “We just have to see how things are here at the field and at the stadium. I’m happy with what I see so far. But things could change, especially once our baby’s born. I always think about what’s going on around me. Is it safe? Is it OK? Literally every single day. I have to just ask myself that. I’m going to continue to keep asking myself that every day.”

Wheeler, 30, inked a five-year, $118 million contract with the Phillies in December. He is slated for the No. 2 spot in the rotation behind Aaron Nola. Last season, with the Mets, Wheeler posted a 3.96 ERA with 195 strikeouts and 50 walks over 195 1/3 innings.

The No. 5 spot in the Phillies’ rotation is currently up for grabs between Nick Pivetta, Vince Velasquez, Ranger Suárez, and prospect Spencer Howard. One of the remaining three could fill in for Wheeler when he needs time off, temporarily or otherwise.