Yu Darvish (SP)
Fri, Mar 13th 12:50pm EDT
As expected, Yu Darvish will have ligament reconstruction surgery on his right elbow according to the team. His surgery will be performed by Dr. James Andrews. (Source: John Blake on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: This is a crushing blow for all parties. The Rangers will lose their ace again and fantasy owners who already drafted Darvish will need a replacement. Although he missed a portion of last season, there were definitely hopes of Darvish returning to form in 2015. Fantasy owners who were hoping to grab Darvish at a discount can now move on and find someone else.
Category: Injury Updates
The ace of the staff has a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. After receiving a second opinion that mirrored the first evaluation, it appears almost certain that Darvish will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the entire 2015 season. (Source: www.mlb.com)
Fantasy Impact: This is, needless to say, a severe blow to the Rangers hopes this season. After a 2014 campaign that was fraught with injuries, the Rangers were hoping a healthy squad would be able to compete in 2015. Losing Darvish will have an effect on everyone up and down the lineup - from the starting rotation to the closers, as well as to the hitters. A fantasy boost for Derek Holland, Yovani Gallardo and Colby Lewis (perhaps), but it's hard to find a lot of positives in this.
Category: , Injury Updates
Sat, Mar 7th 1:35pm EST
By Chris Zolli
Yu Darvish only threw 12 pitches in his first Spring Training outing and his right elbow issues may sideline him for 2015. There is a very good chance that Darvish will undergo Tommy John surgery, with other options to rest his elbow for a few months or try to pitch through the pain. He was shut down for the final seven weeks of the 2014 season with the same injury. (Source: Jesse Sanchez on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Darvish was a third round pick, ADP of 36, but the ECR for Darvish was only 63, as many saw him as a potential disappointment. This was the main issue for Darvish, who is a 200+ strikeout pitcher with a low batting average allowed when healthy, and he may miss the season. He will get a second opinion this week, but surgery is the suggested option. If Darvish does try to pitch through the pain, or rests the arm to allow it to heal without surgery, he will not be as effective this season. It looks like a lost season for Darvish in 2015.
Category: , Injury Updates
Darvish pitched a scoreless first inning but left after feeling tightness in his triceps. (Source: rangersblog.dallasnews.com)
Fantasy Impact: The Rangers immediately came out and said this was "not serious" but anytime your ace, who is coming off of an injury, has to leave a game earlier than expected because of a possible injury...well, kids, that's serious in my book. Monitor this situation very closely. Darvish threw only 12 pitches and only one of them topped 90 mph. He will be re-evaluated on Friday.
Yu Darvish threw 44 pitches in his first bullpen session of the spring and appeared to have no issues with the elbow inflammation that sidelined him late in the 2014 season. (Source: rangersblog.dallasnews.com)
Fantasy Impact: This is, of course, the guy that all eyes are on. Darvish is a legitimate No.1 starter if healthy. He will throw another session on Monday before the Rangers will officially comment on his status, but pitching coach Mike Maddux said "He threw very well...I liked what I saw." Monitor Darvish closely this spring, and don't be afraid to select him a little earlier in drafts than planned if things look positive.