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Next Tuesday too optimistic a target date for Yu

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MIAMI -- The Rangers are backing off the idea of Yu Darvish returning to the rotation and pitching next Tuesday against the Mariners.

Darvish is on the disabled list with inflammation in his right elbow, and he has not thrown a baseball since he tried to play catch a week ago in Arlington. Darvish did not travel with the Rangers for their two-game series with the Marlins.

Darvish made his last start on Aug. 9, and was eligible to come off the DL next Monday. It doesn't appear he will be ready that quickly, and Darvish has already made it clear that he doesn't want to do anything that will jeopardize his long-term future.

"I don't know what is going to happen," manager Ron Washington said. "We'll just have to wait and see."

The Rangers could bring back Robbie Ross from Triple-A Round Rock to pitch against the Mariners or they could bring Scott Baker out of the bullpen. Baker has made four starts for the Rangers this season, with the last one coming on July 13, when he threw 77 pitches against the Angels.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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