Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish continued his journey back from Tommy John surgery tonight, putting up a quality 50 pitch outing in a rehab start for the Round Rock Express. Darvish allowed one run on two hits and a walk in three innings, striking out three, with a fastball that was registering in the mid-90s. After missing all of last season, the reports seem to indicate that Yu is back, with it primarily being a matter of when he works up to being able to throw enough pitches to re-join the major league rotation.
The plan is for Yu to make another rehab start on May 11, likely going 4-5 innings. There has been talk that Darvish could return to the big leagues on May 16, but it seems likely that he will make another rehab start then, putting him on schedule to return May 21. That said, indications are the Rangers will activate him when he says he is ready to go, so if he goes 70 pitches in the 11th and says he's good, he could be back in ten days.