Rangers ace Yu Darvish might need Tommy John surgery

Yu Darvish
Yu Darvish
By DAVE SKRETTA
AP Sports Writer SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) - Rangers ace Yu Darvish might require season-ending Tommy John surgery after an MRI exam revealed partially torn ligaments in his troublesome right elbow.

Texas general manager Jon Daniels said Saturday that Darvish could try to pitch through the injury, rest for up to four months or undergo surgery. Daniels said the club would get a second opinion this weekend but indicated that surgery may be the preferred option.

Darvish, a three-time All-Star, was shut down for the final seven weeks last season with inflammation in the same elbow. He underwent an MRI exam around Thanksgiving that came back clean, and had not experienced any trouble in workouts and bullpen sessions.

He first felt tightness while warming up Thursday. He left the game after 12 pitches. He had his MRI late Friday.

Darvish released a statement through the Rangers: "I will be disappointed if I have to miss this season, but I want to look at all the options including getting a second opinion, before I make a final decision. In the meantime, my heart is with my teammates, and our focus remains on accomplishing our goals for the season."

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