Texas Rangers starting pitcher Yu Darvish has established himself as the team’s ace since signing a six-year contract, but he has suffered another injury.
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Darvish has been diagnosed with an ulnar collateral ligament sprain since undergoing an MRI, and he is expected to miss at least four months.
The Japanese pitcher is considering sacrificing his 2015 season for Tommy John surgery.
He had previously missed time in 2014 with an elbow inflammation, but he still came up with 182 strikeouts in 144.1 innings with a 10-7 record and 3.20 earned run average.
Darvish set a career high for strikeouts in 2013 with 277 after punching out 221 batters in his rookie season, and he has been an All-Star in all three of his major-league seasons.
The Rangers suffered a large amount of injuries last season, including first baseman Prince Fielder and outfielder Shin-Soo Choo while they went through 14 starting pitchers.
Darvish is 28 years old, so it may be a wise choice for him to think long-term and undergo Tommy John surgery.