Darvish good after rehab start, could rejoin Rangers soon

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FRISCO, Texas (AP) Right-hander Yu Darvish says he was able to pitch without any hesitation in his second rehab start for Double-A Frisco. He could return to the Texas Rangers' rotation for his next start.

Darvish struck out five while allowing six hits and three runs Sunday night against Northwest Arkansas, an affiliate of the Kansas City Royals. He threw 47 of 72 pitches for strikes.

The ace from Japan missed the 2015 season after Tommy John surgery. Darvish then made five rehab starts before returning to the Rangers on May 28, going 2-0 with a 2.87 ERA in three starts before going back on the disabled list with shoulder discomfort.

Texas has said Darvish could potentially start Saturday at the Chicago Cubs, depending on how he feels after the latest rehab start.