The Texas Rangers were dealt a huge blow to their starting rotation when their star right-handed starter Yu Darvish ended up on the 15-day disabled list due to a slight strain in his right trapezius muscle.
The young star is expected to only miss one start, thanks to the All-Star break, and should be back in the rotation on or close to July 22.
Darvish has pitched in 18 games this season, going 8-4 and striking out 157 hitters in 119.1 innings pitched. Coupled with his 3.02 earned run average and 1.05 WHIP, his second season in the major leagues has been nothing but bright.
Typically, a trapezius (triangular shaped muscle that runs from the base of the skull to the tip of the shoulder and down the middle of the back) strain is relatively minor in nature, usually the result of a biomechanical flaw or overuse. Thankfully, this seems to be a minor issue and should only result in him missing one start.
The upper portion of the trapezius muscle is the commonly strained portion, which can result in excessive elevation of the scapula (shoulder blade) during overhead motions, which is precisely why pitchers (and overhead athletes in general) are very susceptible to this type of ailment. One comparison we can look to from this season is Dodgers’ first basemen Adrian Gonzalez, who was able to continue to play through the injury and avoided a DL stint all together.
Again, every injury is different and the response to treatment will be based on the severity of the injury, but this looks like it will be a short stint on the DL for Darvish, by all accounts. -ZD