TORONTO -- When it was mentioned to Ron Washington about how well pitcher Yu Darvish has made the transition from Japan to the Major Leagues, the manager revealed a meeting he had with Darvish in Spring Training.
Washington described the conversation as "awesome."
"I expressed to him exactly what we expected out of him," Washington said before Tuesday's game against the Blue Jays. "And it wasn't anything that he didn't expect out of himself.
"How we wanted him to act, and that was to be who Yu Darvish is. Don't try to be anything else. He's not here to put us on his back. He's here to do his job when he gets the ball. He's here to be a teammate. He's here to be a Texas Ranger."
"So it's just been a very good transition, because we made it well for him from the beginning."
It has worked well so far. After defeating the Blue Jays, 4-1, on Monday, Darvish is 4-0 with a 2.18 ERA after five Major League starts.