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Rangers ace Yu Darvish to miss season after Tommy John surgery

Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish will miss the upcoming season after undergoing Tommy John surgery.
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Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvishwill miss the upcoming season after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

An MRI last week showed damage to Darvish's ulnar collateral ligament, and multiple doctors recommended he have the procedure.

Darvish exited a spring training game last week with tightness in his arm, but initially it was not believed to be serious.

He was also placed on the disabled list last August with elbow inflammation and was later shut down for the remainder of the season.

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Darvish, 28, has pitched three seasons in Major League Baseball after playing seven years in Japan.

The three-time All-Star has a career 3.27 ERA with 680 strikeouts and 218 walks over 545 1/3 innings.

The Rangers open the season on April 6 against the Oakland Athletics.

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