Darvish on pace to return Tuesday

Darvish on pace to return Tuesday

ARLINGTON -- Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish threw 39 pitches in the bullpen on Sunday without problems and is good to go for his start on Tuesday against the Rays. Darvish has been dealing with a tight right quad muscle and was skipped in his last start against the Twins on Thursday.

"It feels very good," Darvish said after Sunday's bullpen session. "If I had to make that start, I was pretty sure I would have been able to do it. Everything went well today so it was the same physical preparation. With my delivery, I was able to do the same things I am normally able to do."

Roy Oswalt replaced Darvish on Thursday but is now back in the bullpen as a long reliever. Oswalt is 1-0 with a 4.70 ERA in five games this month. Rangers starters also went into Sunday's game with a record of 5-1 and a 2.85 ERA in the past seven games.

Darvish goes into Tuesday's start with a record of 2-4 and a 6.60 ERA in seven starts since the All-Star break. The ERA is the ninth highest in the American League since the break.

For the season, he is still fourth with 172 strikeouts going into Sunday and he has held opponents to a .233 batting average, the sixth lowest in the league. But he also has 80 walks, tied for the second most in the league.