Rangers’ Darvish to have Tommy John surgery

Surprise, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) – Texas Rangers starter Yu Darvish will have
Tommy John surgery on his pitching elbow, the team said Friday, meaning the
ace right-hander will miss the upcoming season.

The reconstructive surgery on the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow
will be performed Tuesday in Pensacola, Florida, by Dr. James Andrews, Rangers
spokesman John Blake said.

The team revealed last week that Darvish, 28, had a sprained UCL that might
require the season-ending surgery so common these days.

Darvish underwent an MRI exam last Friday after pitching just one inning in
his spring debut.

He missed the final seven weeks last season due to mild inflammation in his
right elbow.

The star right-hander was 10-7 with a 3.06 ERA in 22 starts before the injury
last season and owns a career mark of 39-25 with a 3.27 ERA in 83 starts over
three seasons with the Rangers. He has 680 strikeouts and 218 walks in 545 1/3
career innings.