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Yu Darvish to start rehab assignment soon

The Rangers have a tentative schedule for Yu Darvish's ongoing return from Tommy John surgery

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Yu Darvish, Texas Rangers starting pitcher, is continuing to make progress in his return from Tommy John surgery, and Darvish may be going out on a rehab assignment in the next 10-14 days.

Reports indicate that Darvish is slated to throw batting practice on Wednesday, and then two more times after that, before starting a rehab assignment.  With a rehab assignment beginning in the latter part of April, Yu could be on track to return to the major league rotation in late May.

In the article linked above, Evan Grant quotes Doug Brocail as saying that the Rangers want Yu to focus on throwing his fastball in his rehab stints, because the team will have him on a pitch count initially once he's back, and they are going to want him to be more efficient, which will mean more fastballs and fewer breaking pitches.  You have to think that they'll be careful with Darvish the first six weeks or so, with the hope being that he'll be more like the old Yu after the All Star Break.