Mar 10, 2014; Surprise, AZ, USA; Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish (11) in the dugout after his start against the Cincinnati Reds at Surprise Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Fantasy Baseball: Rangers’ Yu Darvish scratched from Opening Day start



Another day and another injury for the Texas Rangers, as it seems like almost every day of spring training another Rangers player is going down.

Mar 10, 2014; Surprise, AZ, USA; Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish (11) throws during the third inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Surprise Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

The latest is a big one to keep an eye on as the Rangers have announced that ace Yu Darvish has been scratched from his scheduled Opening Day start due to neck and back issues.

However while it may only seem like one start, there is a lot more here to be concerned about.

T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com had more on Darvish’s health:

He has a stiff neck, and the Rangers are concerned that Darvish has additional issues.

There is no word on who will start on Opening Day, however, Martin Perez is a strong contender.

The bigger concern is how much longer this will last. Darvish did play catch for 10 minutes yesterday so he isn’t totally shut down. The best case scenario is that his first start is only pushed back by a couple of days, but if this is something that lingers, it will make fantasy owners hold their breath.

Darvish is coming off a season in which he went 13-9 with a 2.83 ERA and 1.07 WHIP. He also struck out a league leading 277 batters in 209.2 innings pitched.

Considering Darvish on average was the second pitcher off the board in most drafts, early injury news is something that fantasy owners need to be very concerned about.

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