Texas Rangers starter Yu Darvish is on his way to recovery after Tommy John surgery last year and he's been progressing nicely.
His latest step was throwing a 20 pitch bullpen on a half-mound, but even he's been surprised by how well he's coming along.
Pitching coach Doug Brocail spoke with Stefan Stevenson of the Star Telegram -- and he had some good things to say about Darvish's progress.
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"On a few of them he anticipated because he knew he was throwing harder and he wanted to see what the pitch was doing," Brocail said. "I told him to quit cheating because I did the same thing when I came back from Tommy John. He wants to see what's happening because he knows by hearing and he knows by feel that he was throwing hard."
Darvish's delivery seems to have picked up where he left off, too.
"His delivery allows him so much more than other guy's deliveries do because it's the exact same every pitch," he said. "As a coach, that's my biggest concern, is he going to be out of whack? No, Yu Darvish is not out of whack so it's obviously going to come quicker … with a timetable."
The 29-year-old Darvish is set to come back within the first couple months of the season, but with the way he's progressing, it could be sooner rather than later.