Rangers give Darvish extra time off

Rangers give Darvish extra time off

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Rangers are off Monday and will use that to give Yu Darvish extra rest. The Rangers did that with Derek Holland, Matt Harrison and Neftali Feliz earlier in the season, and they are going to do it with Darvish next week.

Instead of pitching Wednesday against the D-backs, Darvish will be pushed back and start against the Astros on Friday. Darvish is 0-2 with a 6.17 ERA in his last two starts after allowing six runs in 5 1/3 innings of a 7-1 loss to the Athletics on Thursday.

"He's fine, he just had a bad outing," manager Ron Washington said. "A couple of extra days won't hurt him. It will probably do him some good. He just had some trouble with his mechanics and couldn't make the adjustment. Usually he does. He's fine physically."

The extra days off will allow Darvish to have an extra throwing session in the bullpen. It also allows the Rangers to put him back in the rotation between Scott Feldman and Alexi Ogando, possibly reducing the strain on their bullpen. Feldman, who starts Saturday, has been averaging less than four innings in his five starts, and Ogando starts for the first time this season Sunday.

Right now the Rangers are planning to go with Colby Lewis, Harrison and Feldman during their three-game series against the D-backs that starts Tuesday at the Ballpark. Darvish, Ogando and Lewis are scheduled for the Astros series next weekend.