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Monday, February 22, 2016

2016 FANTASY BASEBALL INJURY FALLOUT: YU DARVISH COULD BE READY IN MAY

It was another sizable step forward for rehabbing Texas Rangers ace SP Yu Darvish on Monday as the Japanese righty threw off a half-mound with zero discomfort as he continues to make his way back from 2015 Tommy John surgery.  Original estimates had Darvish coming back to the Rangers sometime in June but now there are whispers in the front office that he could return sometime in May.  Darvish is expected to graduate to throwing off a full mound as soon as next week and by the end of spring training could be ready to face hitters.  It marks some rapid progress by Darvish who became just the latest Japanese pitching import to fall victim to serious arm/elbow injury which no doubt can be blamed on the insane workloads they have seen in their careers in the Far East.  New York Yankees ace SP Masahiro Tanaka is dealing with his own slight tear in his pitching elbow that will eventually require Tommy John surgery but he continues to choose to try and pitch through it. 

Getting back to Darvish, the upside is potentially huge here as the pre-surgery Darvish was quite possibly the most potent strikeout pitcher in fantasy baseball.  While his control has always been an issue and will likely continue to be in his first season back from the surgery, Darvish could be an ace-like fantasy baseball starter for four-plus months for a pretty affordable draft price.  Bump him up your cheat sheets. 

 

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