Darvish's return date still uncertain

Darvish's return date still uncertain

ARLINGTON -- Right-hander Yu Darvish is eligible to be activated off the 15-day disabled list before Monday's series opener against the Mariners, but the Rangers are still unsure when he will pitch again.

Darvish last pitched in a loss to the Astros on Aug. 9, when he lasted just four innings, allowing nine hits and six runs, tying a season-high, five of them earned. He was placed on the disabled list last Wednesday with inflammation in his right elbow.

"I haven't gotten anything yet," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "I just want him to go through the process and then we'll evaluate it as we go through the process. That decision will be made as we move through it."

No throwing program is scheduled for the Rangers ace, who is 10-7 with a 3.06 ERA this season. Washington also said he still doesn't know whether Darvish will travel with the team to Seattle next week.

Christian Corona is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.