Yu Darvish, the Texas Rangers starting pitcher who is currently on the disabled list with shoulder soreness, will make a rehab start for the Frisco Roughriders on Sunday, the Rangers have announced. Darvish made a a rehab start on Monday for Frisco, and this start on Sunday could put him on track to return once the second half starts at the end of next week. Alternatively, Darvish could make a third rehab start, slotting him to return early the following week.
Another injured pitcher, Keone Kela, is slated to make back-to-back appearances on Sunday and Monday as part of his rehab assignment, per the beat guys, and if that goes well, he is expected to be activated once the All Star Break is over.
Meanwhile, Levi Weaver tweeted that Derek Holland played catch today, and is expected to throw off a mound in a week and a half. The Rangers, obviously, could use both Yu and Holland back in their rotation right now.
And finally, John Blake tweeted that Round Rock infielder Pedro Ciriaco was traded to the Miami Marlins for lefthanded pitcher Eric Jokisch. Jokisch was originally a Chicago Cubs draft pick, had been claimed on waivers in April by the Marlins, and was outrighted this week. Neither Ciriaco nor Jokisch is on a 40 man roster currently, and this is basically a depth move for the Rangers to get some help for the Round Rock staff.