Darvish free of back inflammation

Updated: November 21, 2013

Arlington, TX (SportsNetwork.com) – Texas Rangers starter Yu Darvish will be
heading back to his native Japan for off-season workouts with a clean bill of

On Thursday, the club announced that the 27-year-old right-hander had a
follow-up appointment with spine consultant Dr. Drew Dossett, and underwent an
MRI this week in Dallas which showed that nerve irritation in his lower back
has subsided.

Darvish finished his second MLB campaign with a 13-9 record, 2.83 ERA and a
league-best 277 strikeouts in 209 2/3 innings over 32 starts.