Rangers to know more about Darvish's injury Wednesday

Rangers to know more about Darvish's injury Wednesday

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Rangers will make an announcement Wednesday regarding their plan for injured ace Yu Darvish, assistant general manager Thad Levine said. Darvish, who has a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, could be ticketed for Tommy John surgery.

Darvish flew to New York on Monday for a second opinion from Dr. David Altcheck, the Mets' medical director. He'll be evaluated Tuesday, and the Rangers and Darvish will settle on a course of action at some point Tuesday night.

"He's flying today, he's going to meet with them tomorrow and that will give us a chance to regroup once we get the information," Levine said.

Darvish left his Spring Training debut last Thursday after just one inning. He missed the final month and a half of last season with elbow inflammation.

The Rangers estimate Darvish wouldn't be able to throw for six weeks, even if surgery isn't necessary. That could put him on pace to miss up to four months of game action.

"I just try to give him reassurance, however this goes, whichever direction it goes," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "Right now, there's nothing official until we complete all the steps that we need to complete with the second opinions and everything else."

Banister spoke with Darvish on Sunday evening, and he said the vibe of their conversation was upbeat. He reiterated that -- while Darvish is clearly an important piece -- the Rangers are optimistic about their club, with or without their ace.

"We'll get him healthy. We'll fix him. We'll get him back where he needs to be, however long it takes," Banister said. "In the meantime, there's a group of players out here that deserve the full attention the coaching staff, this organization and our fans, so that we can move forward. The idea is that we're going to get ready to go, turn the lights on and take that march for 162."

In three seasons with Texas, Darvish is 39-25 with a 3.27 ERA.

AJ Cassavell is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.