According to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com, Texas Rangers’ right hander Yu Darvish will not make his next scheduled start, which would have come Thursday. Veteran right hander Roy Oswalt will get the ball in Darvish’s place.
Darvish is among the league-leaders with 172 strikeouts this season, but has been less effective in the season’s second half. Sullivan reports that Darvish began experiencing tightness in his right quad following a bullpen session on Tuesday. This will be the first time the rookie has missed a scheduled start, but it sounds as if the injury won’t kept him out of action for any significant length of time. Darvish is 12-9 this season with a 4.59 ERA in 147.2 innings over 23 starts.
Oswalt, who was signed mid-season to help bolster the rotation, was demoted to relief work after just six starts. This will be his second straight outing as a starter, however, both coming as spot starts. Oswalt worked 4.2 innings in a start versus Toronto on August 18, allowing just two hits and one run while striking out five.
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