The Texas Rangers will be without the services of All-Star pitcher Yu Darvish for at least four months, as the team announced that an MRI showed Darvish sprained the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. Darvish was shut down in August last season because of right elbow inflammation, but was pitching well and pain free this spring.

Darvish and the Rangers have not yet decided upon his treatment, but one of the options is ligament reconstruction surgery, the dreaded (though much less so these days) Tommy John surgery. Another is to simply rest his elbow, but either way, at best Darvish will miss a huge chunk of the season:

[ESPN]

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