Darvish back in camp after Tommy John surgery

Darvish back in camp after Tommy John surgery

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish has a hard cast and a soft wrap covering his right arm. He has to keep the arm at a 90-degree angle at all times.

Right now, his rehab program consists of wiggling his fingers for 10-15 minutes.

"Last year, a lot of people doubted me, said I quit on the team," Darvish said. "I think this proves I didn't quit on the team."

Darvish is back in Rangers camp after undergoing Tommy John surgery on Tuesday in Florida. He will continue his rehab in Arizona until the end of Spring Training and then return to Arlington to do his work there during the season.

"The surgery went well," Darvish said on Sunday. "The doctor told me everything that had to be done was done. I'm feeling great. I'm going to take this year to come back strong."

Darvish missed the last seven weeks of the 2014 season with inflammation in his elbow. He appeared healthy coming into camp, but left his only start in the Cactus League after one inning. The Rangers initially said it was tightness in Darvish's right triceps muscle. But a subsequent MRI showed damage to the ligament.

"Last year when I had elbow problems, the [pitches] weren't coming out the way I wanted," Darvish said. "After I rehab, I'm going to come back stronger than before."

Of course, Darvish also has the ability to throw left-handed and the Rangers have been looking for left-handed relievers.

"Maybe I can be a crafty lefty," Darvish said.

Other injury updates

• Outfielder Shin-Soo Choo had an MRI on his left arm and the diagnosis remains that he is dealing with tightness in his triceps muscle. He is taking batting practice in the cage and could resume throwing in a few days. Said assistant general manager Thad Levine, "At this stage we don't have any concerns about his ability to play right field."

• Right-handed reliever Shawn Tolleson has been scratched from Sunday's game because of mild forearm soreness. Tolleson wanted to pitch, but pitching coach Mike Maddux said he couldn't. Said Tolleson, "He told me not to be a hero."

• Pitcher Matt Harrison, trying to come back from two years of back problems, is scheduled to throw off a full mound for the first time on Monday. It will be the first time Harrison has thrown off a full mound since his last Major League start on May 13.

• Right-handed pitcher Ross Ohlendorf came out of his Saturday bullpen session with no issues. He has been sidelined with a tight right groin muscle, but the Rangers want him to throw one more bullpen session before he returns to game action.

T.R. Sullivan, a member of the Texas Baseball Hall of Fame, has been covering the Rangers since 1989, including for MLB.com since 2006.

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