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Wednesday April 2nd, 2014

Yu Darvish has been slowed by a stiff neck during spring training. (Masterpress/Getty Images) Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish was slowed by a stiff neck during spring training. (Masterpress/Getty Images)

Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish will make his season debut Sunday against the Tampa Bay Rays after being cleared to pitch after a neck injury scratched his start last week, the team announced.

Darvish missed his Opening Day start after experiencing neck stiffness at the end of spring training and a subsequent MRI on showed no structural damage.

He was then placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 21, and is eligible to come off the list on April 5.

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Darvish threw 30 pitches off flat ground on Saturday and threw an 86-pitch bullpen session Tuesday and is said to be in no discomfort. Darvish went 13-9 with a 2.83 ERA last season and led the majors in strikeouts with 277 strikeouts in 209 2/3 innings.

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