Yu Darvish confirmed today that he has decided to undergo elbow ligament replacement surgery and miss the entire 2015 season. The news, while somewhat expected, comes as a huge blow to the Rangers, who will now have to rebound from a nightmarish 2014 season without their ace. Darvish was one of the lone bright spots for Texas baseball last year, ending up with a (ERA) over (IP). He was seemingly healthy coming into Spring Training; however, he left his first preseason start after just one inning when he felt discomfort in his triceps. The following MRI revealed that he had torn ligaments in his elbow. The Rangers, upon hearing the severity of the injury, immediately shut him down indefinitely. However, Darvish sought the opinions of multiple doctors before deciding to have the operation. He’ll be operated on by Dr. James Andrews, one of the top sports surgeons in the country
Elbow ligament replacement surgery, known in the baseball world as Tommy John surgery, is a common but extensive procedure that takes over a year to completely recover from. Darvish will probably miss Opening Day of 2016 before he is completely healthy. The Rangers will now have to restructure their entire plan for the 2015 season, since so much of it revolved around Darvish. Fortunately for them, Prince Fielder and Sin-Soo Choo are now both healthy and ready to contribute in the lineup after being sidelined for most of last year. Check out our article on Darvish’s initial injury for more info.
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