After a visit with team physician Dr. Keith Meister, Rangers ace Yu Darvish was diagnosed with mild inflammation in his right elbow.
According to the team, there is no indication that it is a long-term problem for the 27-year-old righty.
'I'm not too concerned,' Darvish said through his interpreter. 'I think I could've thrown if I wanted to today, I'm just taking a precautionary measure.'
He said he doesn't want to throw if it could hurt his future.
Darvish emphasized that the feeling in his elbow is discomfort, not pain. He experienced similar discomfort in 2011, but said what he is experiencing now is much milder. He used ultrasound and other treatments to alleviate the discomfort he felt during spring training three years ago.
No timetable is set for Darvish's return to the mound this year. He can resume throwing when his soreness subsides.
Would he be on the mound if the Rangers were in a playoff race? 'That's a tough question,' Darvish said after a brief hesitation. 'I want to pitch, and think I could if I pushed myself.'
Darvish was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday and originally diagnosed with elbow inflammation. He started the season on the disabled list and missed a start in late May because of a sore neck.