ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Rangers ace Yu Darvish could get back into the Texas rotation without making a rehabilitation start after coming off the disabled list.
General manager Jon Daniels said before Monday's season opener that Darvish "appears to be healthy and strong" after consecutive days of throwing.
Darvish last faced hitters March 16. He threw a 32-pitch bullpen session Sunday, a day after throwing off flat ground.
The Rangers put Darvish on the disabled list Sunday, but the move was retroactive to March 21. He would be eligible to return Saturday.
Daniels said the Rangers haven't committed to when Darvish will make his season debut. But Daniels also said Darvish wouldn't necessarily have pitch in a rehab game before that.
Darvish is scheduled to throw again Tuesday.