SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Yu Darvish's next outing will be on Sunday but not against the Angels. The Rangers are going to have Darvish pitch in an intrasquad game against Minor Leaguers.
Intrasquad games are normally held on the back field, but the Rangers are holding this one in the main stadium. The game will start at 10 a.m. MST and the gates will open at 9:30 a.m. Fans holding tickets to the Royals-Brewers game can use them to attend the intrasquad game as well.
The Rangers have not announced a starter for Sunday's game against the Angels. Robbie Ross is expected to pitch in the game, but the Rangers are undecided if he'll start of if he'll pitch in relief.
Derek Holland and Matt Harrison are also making their next starts against Minor Leaguers. Alexi Ogando will start in place of Holland on Friday night against the Giants and Greg Reynolds will pitch against the Angels on Saturday.
The Rangers want Holland, Harrison and Darvish to pitch in a Minor League game because it allows them to get their pitch counts up without worrying about results. Those three have combined for a 2.25 ERA through their first three outings and opponents are hitting .186 off them.
Darvish once again had two bullpen sessions between his starts rather than throwing live batting practice.
"He's just trying to command his fastball and get a feel for it," manager Ron Washington said.