Buzz: Blister won't impact Yu Darvish's next start

April, 5, 2013
4/05/13
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Yu Darvish, ready to make his first start since flirting with a perfect game in Houston, said Friday that a blister that developed during the outing isn't an issue heading into Sunday's matchup against the Angels.

"It's good," Darvish said. "I'll be ready."

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Darvish pitched with a blister on the inside of his ring finger for three innings, manager Ron Washington said before Friday's game. Darvish took a perfect game into the ninth inning, getting the first two outs before Astros shortstop Marwin Gonzalez ripped a single through Darvish's legs into center field.

The blister has not impacted his routine or side work leading up to Sunday against the Angels. Darvish said the blister hasn't impacted his ability to throw any of his pitches.

"If I knew, I wouldn't be able to tell you right now," Darvish said.

Darvish spoke for the first time since missing out on the perfect game Tuesday night. He was asked specically about Gonzalez's hit that went under his glove, and after seeing the replay, if he thought he could have fielded the ball with a quicker reaction.

"I think that was an impossible play," Darvish said.

He will face a much more formidable lineup Sunday with the Angels featuring Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton, but Darvish said that hasn't impacted his preparation.

"My approach stays the same no matter which team I face," Darvish said. "I just have to do my job."

Other Rangers notes:

Tepesch ready: Fifth-starter Nick Tepesch went five effective innings for Triple-A Round Rock on Thursday night, his final outing before he'll start Tuesday for the Rangers against Tampa Bay. He allowed an unearned run with five strikeouts and no walks.

"He threw real well," said Washington, who did not go to Round Rock to see him pitch. "What we need him to do is continue to go out there and stay ready and he did."

Soria targeting mid-May: Rehabbing reliever Joakim Soria (Tommy John surgery) will begin throwing in batting practice next week at extended spring training, he said before Friday's game. Soria, who is in town for home opener, said his rehab is going well and he expects to return in mid-May.

Back in town: Pitchers Neftali Feliz (Tommy John surgery) and Colby Lewis (right flexor pronator surgery rehab) were also at Friday's home opener to take part in the pre-game festivities and introductions. They will return to extended spring training after the game to continue their rehab.

Lineup shifts: Washington put Nelson Cruz in the No. 5 spot in the lineup for the first time this season, swapping him with David Murphy with left-hander Jason Vargas starting for the Angels. Craig Gentry was also moved into the eighth spot with Mitch Moreland moved behind him to break up three left-handed hitters in a row, Washington said.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Colby Lewis
WINS ERA SO IP
10 5.18 133 170
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Beltre .324
HRA. Beltre 19
RBIA. Beltre 77
RA. Beltre 79
OPSA. Beltre .879
ERAC. Lewis 5.18
SOY. Darvish 182