(NEW YORK) — Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish will not making his Opening Day start next week.
Instead, the team confirmed Tuesday that Darvish will return to Dallas to be examined by back specialist Drew Dossett on Wednesday. It’s possible Darvish could start the season on the disabled list.
“I knew I wasn’t going to be ready for Opening Day, so I made this decision,” Darvish told the Dallas Morning News through an interpreter. “I didn’t want to burden the team, so I made the decision now. If it was a shoulder or elbow, it would be really different. I don’t know what to feel. It is what it is.”
The 27-year-old Darvish missed his scheduled spring training start last Friday because of neck stiffness. At the time it was believed to be a minor injury, but he hasn’t been able to throw since, and the club wants to get a look at his back to get a better idea of the situation.
The Rangers will begin their 2014 regular season on Monday, March 31, at home against the Philadelphia Phillies.
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