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Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Injuries: Yu Darvish's neck shouldn't impact schedule

By Ron Matejko

MESA, Ariz. -- Manager Ron Washington said scratching Yu Darvish from Monday's start due to a stiff neck should not impact the right-hander's ability to stay on schedule for his first start of the regular season.

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Darvish's pitching schedule for the remainder of the spring could be determined today if he gives the all clear about the discomfort in his neck, which flared up during a Sunday workout. If he feels good, Darvish's pitching appearances will be spread out over the next two weeks to keep him on track for the expected date of his regular-season debut.

"It's not a big issue. If he is fine today, then he'll do a bullpen," Washington said. "If that goes well, Mike (Maddux) will pencil him back in the game Thursday or Friday. We'll let him pitch a couple of innings in the minors, shut him down and get him ready for his next start. A lot of it is going to depend on today. The neck wasn't that big of an issue, it was just precautionary."

Darvish is 0-1 with a 1.04 ERA in three spring starts. In 8 2/3 innings, Darvish has allowed one run on five hits with two walks and 10 strikeouts.

Other injury notes:

  • RHP Colby Lewis (surgery - torn flexor tendon) and Joakim Soria (Tommy John surgery) are both throwing bullpen sessions.

  • C Eli Whiteside (mild left calf strain) is scheduled to catch Derek Holland in a game for AAA Round Rock today. He has been sidelined since Feb. 27.

  • LHP Martin Perez (fractured left ulna) is not expected to resume a throwing program for approximately 2-3 weeks.

  • RHP Kyle McClellan (strained lat muscle) is not expected to resume a throwing program for 3-4 weeks.