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Rangers' Yu Darvish to miss start due to neck stiffness, will undergo MRI

Yu Darvish has been an All-Star in each of his two seasons in the major leagues. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images) Yu Darvish has been an All-Star in each of his two seasons in the major leagues. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish will miss his scheduled Tuesday start against Minnesota due to stiffness in his neck and will undergo an MRI, according to Gerry Fraley of The Dallas Morning News.

Darvish struggled with a similar injury throughout spring training and felt the pain return on Tuesday. The All-Star said his neck felt better after receiving treatment, but the team decided to proceed with caution.

The team's general manager said the club had reasons to be careful with the pitcher.

“Playing it on the safe side for a variety of reasons,” general manager Jon Daniels said. “One is this is the second time he’s had it. And given the injuries we’ve had, we’re on the cautious and conservative side right now.”

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Through nine starts this season, Darvish has a 2.35 ERA with 71 strikeouts and 19 walks.

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