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Clock ticking on Darvish's return this season

Clock ticking on Darvish's return this season

SEATTLE -- The chances of Yu Darvish pitching for the Rangers again this season are all but vanishing completely. General manager Jon Daniels admitted that the calendar is starting to work against the Rangers at this point.

Darvish, who is on the disabled list with mild inflammation in his right elbow, has still not resumed throwing. He last pitched on Aug. 9 and the longer he goes without throwing, the harder it will be for him to pitch again this season.

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"The way we left it is that once he is [without symptoms], and cleared by Dr. [Keith] Meister, he'll get another MRI," Daniels said. "If that MRI is clear, we'll let him get back out there. But once a guy is down for three weeks, he's not going to go right back into a big league game. So the calendar is not working in his favor."

The Rangers arrived in Seattle with 33 games left to play in the season. Darvish did not accompany the Rangers to Seattle.

"I want to finish strong," Daniels said. "Nobody wants to lose. We're better when he is out there. But we're trying to step back and have perspective ... shame on me if this lingers into 2015. We have had a lot of guys hurt this year and it has not been fun. We don't want to go into the offseason with questions lingering.

"We might be better served to wait."

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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