Remember that wave of optimism you felt when the Texas Rangers reported for spring training a couple of weeks ago? Yeah, we’re done with that now. Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels made the announcement that fans were dreading but expecting: Pitcher Yu Darvish will likely need Tommy John surgery for the partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing arm.
This is the same elbow that caused the Rangers to shut down Darvish for the final six weeks of last season. Darvish pitched exactly one inning this spring before the injury derailed his season and, frankly, destined the Rangers to the ranks of non-playoff contenders.
Darvish has had two surgical opinions, and Daniels said a final decision would be made by the end of this week. He seemed to hedge his bets a bit, but you don’t use the words “Tommy John” and “surgery” in a sentence unless that’s the path you’re going to go.
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