Yu Darvish update: Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish had a successful 32 pitch bullpen session today, per John Blake on Twitter:
Yu Darvish threw 32 pitch bullpen at Globe Life Park today. He felt strong with no physical issues. Takes MON off and resume throwing TUES.— John Blake (@RangerBlake) March 30, 2014
This is good news. Darvish, who has been sidelined with neck and back issues, appears to be on track to return to the Ranger rotation after missing just a start or two, and hopefully can be activated somewhere around April 5-10.
Meanwhile, Colby Lewis is scheduled to start a minor league game on April 1, and could start again on April 6, which would put him on schedule to potentially be called up and start for Texas at home against the Astros on April 11, which would be, if everyone stays on schedule, when the fifth starter spot would be scheduled to come around for the second time.
Getting a healthy and effective Colby Lewis back quickly, along with Yu Darvish, would go a long way towards making us feel better about the rotation. Matt Harrison, of course, should be back soon after that, which would get us back to something close to the rotation we thought we'd have when spring training started.