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Yu Darvish placed on 15-day DL with elbow inflammation

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The injuries keep piling up for the Texas Rangers. Two days after ace Yu Darvish first reported tightness in his right elbow, the team officially placed him on the 15-day DL prior to Wednesday night's game with what they're initially calling elbow inflammation. The move is retroactive to Aug. 10, meaning Darvish could return on Aug. 25. 

According to Fox Sports Southwest's Anthony Andro, Darvish will undergo further testing on Thursday, but initial reports sound promising.

That's definitely optimistic, but don't blame Rangers fans for holding their breath until they hear confirmation of a minor ailment. After all, this is a team that has now used the disabled list 24 different times this season, including season-ending injuries to Prince Fielder, Matt Harrison, Jurickson Profar and Mitch Moreland. This has also been the season of elbow operations, with 63 known cases of major and minor league players requiring Tommy John ligament replacement surgery since the beginning of the season.

Even more optimism, but until the all clear is sounded, we're all left to cross our fingers and hope for the best.

Darvish last pitched on Saturday, lasting only four innings in a start against the Houston Astros. He was knocked around to the tune of six runs (five earned) in his second-shortest outing of the season, but says the elbow was not an issue. That's yet another positive sign, but Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News hints that regardless of what Texas learns, they are likely to play it safe.

It is the Rangers’ 24th use of the DL this year and the sixth time a player has been diagnosed with elbow inflammation. All of the previous players diagnosed with elbow inflammation are out for the year.

With six weeks left in a lost season, that sounds like a good plan. But we should have a clearer view of Darvish's status and their plans by week's end.

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Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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