Yu Darvish finished second to Max Scherzer in the BBWAA Cy Young balloting released on Wednesday. The runner-up showing matches the highest finish ever by a Ranger, joining Fergie Jenkins, who was second to Oakland's Jim "Catfish" Hunter in 1974. Darvish also finished higher than any other native of Japan in baseball history (Hideo Nomo placed fourth in 1995 and 1996).
"It was an honor to be a finalist for the American League Cy Young Award," Darvish said in a statement from Japan and released by the Rangers. "Both Max Scherzer and Hisashi Iwakuma had tremendous seasons. Max is a very deserving winner. I would like to thank my teammates, the entire Texas Rangers organization, and most of all, the fans, for their on-going support. I look forward to the 2014 season and helping my team to achieve our goal: to bring a World Series championship to Texas."
Darvish is expected to return to the United States next week so that the Rangers' medical staff can examine him. Darvish received an injection at the end of the season to help with a nerve issue, but general manager Jon Daniels said the reports on Darvish's health have been good.