I'm sure fans in Japan will be disappointed, and that's understandable. But Darvish is now a big-league starting pitcher going into his first full offseason after his rookie year. He has to make sure his arm is ready to go and that he does all the necessary things to be in proper shape for the season. For Darvish, that means getting another full spring training under his belt.
"Given my substantial workload over the last few seasons and the numerous changes I've endured in my move to the United States, I have decided with my team of advisers that getting ample rest is the most important thing for me right now as I prepare for the 2013 season," Darvish said in a statement. "My ultimate goal is to help win a World Series with the Texas Rangers and to share that accomplishment with the great baseball fans in Japan."
Darvish showed down the stretch and in the AL wild-card game that he is a No. 1 pitcher. His job now is to show that he's got staying power and can consistently put up those kinds of numbers from the beginning of the season. He feels getting rest and going through his normal routine is the best way to do that. It's the right call and one that has to have the front office, manager Ron Washington and pitching coach Mike Maddux pleased.