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By Mitch Cox, Rangers Correspondent, Sun, Feb 22nd 12:56pm EST

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:

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.

Yu Darvish News & Advice

ESPN | Mar 1st, 10:38pm
Yu Darvish dazzled his teammates with a scoreless inning in a Texas Rangers intrasquad game Sunday, then showed off his improved command of the English language.
ESPN | Feb 26th, 2:52am
Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish faced hitters for the first time since last August, throwing 30 pitches against teammates during batting practice Wednesday.