Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish is probably finished for this season because of an elbow injury.
That's what Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said during a radio interview on Monday, according to the Dallas Morning News.
Darvish was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Aug. 13 because of elbow inflammation, but there seems to be little chance that the Rangers will have him pitch again this season.
"By the calendar and how close to the end of the season we are, I don't know that it will allow him to pitch again," Daniels said on KRLD-FM, according to the Morning News. "I think it's critical going into next year for us to put all these injury issues and concerns behind us as we possibly can. It doesn't seem to make a whole lot of sense to me to take a risk when the MRI clearly shows there is something going on in there."
Darvish is 10-7 with a 3.06 ERA this season. He last pitched on August 9, when he allowed nine hits, four walks and six runs (five earned) in just four innings against the Houston Astros.
Daniels tried to erase any speculation that Darvish is sitting out with an injury he might be able to pitch through.
"There is a difference between playing when you are tired or a sore ankle versus a pitcher when he's got an elbow issue," Daniels said. "They are two very different things. That's why medical staff and people like myself make these decisions. This is not an emotional thing about quitting on the team. Yu has an elbow issue that fortunately looks like it won't have a long-term impact and we're not going to let it."