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Rangers' Darvish opens season on DL

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The Texas Rangers placed ace Yu Darvish and left-hander Matt Harrison on the 15-day disabled list ahead of their season opener on Monday against the Philadelphia Phillies.

In other roster moves, Texas selected the contract of infielder Josh Wilson from Triple-A Round Rock and designated infielder Adam Rosales for assignment.

Wilson could get the Opening Day start at second in place of Jurikson Profar, who tore a muscle in his right shoulder and was placed on the 15-day disabled list. Catcher Geovany Soto (torn cartilage in right knee) was put on the 60-day DL.

Darvish, who led the major leagues with 277 strikeouts last season. was scheduled to start on Opening Day but developed a stiff neck earlier this month during spring training and just resumed throwing this weekend after last pitching in a game two weeks ago.

Darvish was placed on the DL retroactive to March 21, who would allow him to pitch next weekend. He threw a 32-pitch bullpen session on Sunday under the supervision of Texas pitching coach Mike Maddux and reported no problems. The 2013 American League Cy Young Award winner also threw off flat ground the previous day. Another throwing session is scheduled for Tuesday.

Harrison started last year's opener for the Rangers. That was one of his two outings last season before a herniated disk in his back required two surgeries. In his return this spring, Harrison felt neck and back stiffness and, as a result, might not be able to join the Rangers' rotation until late April.

Wilson could split second-base duties with Donny Murphy, who was claimed off waivers last week from the Chicago Cubs.

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