The Texas Rangers Yu Darvish return has finally been announced and he will return to action this weekend. According to ESPN on April 2, the Yu Darvish return will come in Sunday's game with the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Rangers opened the season with their three best starting pitchers on the DL and newcomers Tanner Scheppers, Martin Perez and Robbie Ross opening the season's first three games. Luckily for Texas, the three youngsters finished the starts with a 2-1 record, winning back-to-back games after falling on Opening Day.
The next two starters aren't much better with Joe Saunders pitching on Friday after a horrible Spring Training and true rookie Nick Martinez pitching on Saturday. Martinez has never pitched in a game above Double-A.
After Darvish returns on Sunday, he will replace someone in the rotation. Right now, Scheppers, Perez and Ross will return to the mound for the three games after Darvish's start but manager Ron Washington has not said who will be removed to make room for Darvish.
Honestly, it will likely be Martinez, who likely will return to Frisco after his one start. However, Joe Saunders was rocked all spring, and finished Spring Training with a 9.72 ERA. If he can't pull those numbers back up, the Rangers may need to keep Martinez, especially if the youngster shines in his first start.
Matt Harrison is going to miss a few more starts and won't be back until May and Derek Holland won't return until a few months down the road. Whoever plays best in the games on Friday and Saturday might keep their pitching spot when the Yu Darvish return improves the rotation.