Yu Darvish battled hip discomfort

Updated: February 16, 2014, 5:21 PM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish told an assembled group of Japanese media on Sunday that he felt some hip discomfort earlier this offseason, but after altering his weight-lifting program he arrived in Arizona feeling healthy.

Darvish told the Japanese reporters shortly after his 34-pitch bullpen session -- his first of spring training and ninth this offseason -- that his trainer recommended he quit lifting heavy weights and that the hip felt better starting in mid-January.

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