While the Phillies seem steady in assuring that they will have to use pitchers as pinch-hitters this year, they got a bit of good news today.
Per MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan, Rangers ace Yu Darvish has been officially scratched from opening day start against the Phillies.
Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish has been scratched from his Opening Day start and will likely begin the season on the disabled list.
Darvish has been dealing with a neck injury for a majority of Spring Training, and while no one is hoping that one of baseball’s better pitchers is out for any extended period of time, not having to face him on opening day should give the Phillies a better chance of getting in the W column early on.
The Phillies will be missing an ace of their own in Cole Hamels, who is likely to miss the first month of the Phillies season with a shoulder injury that seems to be slowly progressing. Fortunately, the Phillies have another ace in Cliff Lee, and based off of how the two performed last season, Lee might have started opening day regardless. The Rangers seem likely to counter with Martin Perez or Colby Lewis according to CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury.