Yu Darvish played catch on Monday but is still dealing with a stiff neck. The Rangers aren’t sure when he’ll get back on the mound and it appears more questionable if he’ll be ready for Opening Day. General manager Jon Daniels said it wouldn’t be the end of the world if Darvish gets pushed back.
Catcher Geovany Soto is scheduled to undergo surgery on his right knee Wednesday to repair a torn meniscus. He is out 10-12 weeks. The Rangers are looking for catching depth behind J.P. Arencibia and Robinson Chirinos.
Engel Beltre has a fracture in his right tibia and will start the season on the disabled list.
Yu Darvish is playing catch today. Rangers acknowledge he might have to be pushed back from Opening Day. Mitch Moreland is playing in the Cactus League game today.
Kensuke Tanaka is playing 2B for the Rangers today as they try out players to replace the injured Jurikson Profar.
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Second baseman Jurickson Profar has a torn muscle in his right shoulder. He is out for 10-12 weeks but will not require surgery. The Rangers are evaluating their options at the position. Josh Wilson and Brent Lillibridge are two internal candidates.
Rangers catcher Geovany Soto left Sunday’s game against the Padres in the second inning when his right leg locked up on him. He was able to walk off the field and to the clubhouse but was taken for an MRI.
Soto missed three weeks earlier in camp after undergoing surgery to have a bone removed from his left foot. This injury is unrelated.
Second baseman Jurickson Profar has been scratched from the Rangers lineup with a sore right shoulder. He has been sent for an MRI. Profar has been dealing with tendinitis in the shoulder for much of Spring Training.
Adam Rosales is playing second base.
According to the Rangers, Yu Darvish is reporting improvement with the stiffness in his neck. But the Rangers are doubtful he’ll be able to pitch before they leave Arizona. Darvish is still scheduled to pitch on Opening Day but the Rangers aren’t sure how much he’ll be able to throw before then. His day to start is Wednesday, five days before Opening Day. That is also the Rangers last day in Arizona. If Darvish doesn’t pitch in a game by then, he may have to settle for an extended bullpen session and/or one inning of relief work against the Astros either Friday or Saturday in San Antonio.
Shin-Soo Choo remains limited to DH duty by his sore left elbow.