"Mo' necks, mo' problems" is the unfortunate theme song of the Texas Rangers these days.
On the same day that slugger Prince Fielder underwent successful neck surgery that will keep him out the rest of the season, the injury-depleted Rangers are dealing with another neck issue affecting the most important player left on their roster.
Yu Darvish was scratched from his start Tuesday against the Minnesota Twins because of neck stiffness. He'll get an MRI in Minnesota, and then the club will figure out when Darvish can return to the rotation. The Rangers said Darvish's stiff neck is similar to his spring training injury, which caused him to miss two weeks and his opening day start. Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram is reporting, however, that Darvish says it's not as bad as his previous injury.
Yu Darvish will have MRI today. He responded well to treatment, so conceivable he could start again on this road trip. #Rangers— Jeff Wilson (@JeffWilson_FWST) May 27, 2014
Losing Darvish for any amount of time is tough, considering how lethal of a pitcher he can be. But the Rangers losing Darvish for even a few weeks when they're already without starting pitchers Derek Holland, Matt Harrison and Martin Perez is crushing.
The Rangers already have a league-high 13 players on the disabled list, a hospital wing's worth of battered bodies that explains why a team with World Series expectation is only slightly hovering above .500. They're currently 26-25, third in the AL West. The team has, however, won three straight. Scott Baker will make the emergency start for the Rangers on Tuesday night, facing his former team.
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