The Texas Rangers are closer to getting starting pitcher Yu Darvish back from Tommy John surgery. He'll make his first rehab start Tuesday with the Double-A Frisco Roughriders.
Darvish had a "live" batting practice session Thursday, throwing 47 pitches. The Rangers said after the session that they plan on Darvish making the start Tuesday.
"I felt pretty good today," Darvish told the Dallas Morning News through an interpreter. "My fastball came out hard and it was strong. I liked that. I don't feel like I'm rushing myself. When I get back on the mound for the game, I want to be perfect. I want to be right there. I'm not going to go out there and push myself if I'm not ready ... I've talked with [manager Jeff Banister] and [general manager Jon Daniels], I just want the time to think about it tonight and see where I'm out. I want to think about this outing. I'm willing to go from there. They've had a good plan for me and every time I take the next step, I feel like I'm ready."
The plan for Darvish at the moment, according to the Morning News, is for him to thrown another bullpen session this weekend. Then, he'll make a three-inning start for Frisco. Darvish is allowed six starts during the 30-day rehab period. However, he might not use all six and could return as soon as mid-May.