Rangers' Yu Darvish to be activated from DL

null null Baseball The Texas Rangers, who limped into the All-Star break despite maintaining the AL's best record, will get a boost Saturday when right-hander Yu Darvish (shoulder) is expected to be activated from the disabled list and start against the Cubs.RHP Yu Darvish is expected to be activated from the DL on Saturday and start that day against the Cubs in Chicago. He threw a bullpen today— John Blake (@RangerBlake) July 13, 2016Darvish — who hasn't pitched for Texas since June 8 — will rejoin a rotation in desperate need of depth. Along with Darvish, starters Derek Holland and Colby Lewis are on the DL. Darvish missed the 2015 season after Tommy John surgery. He made five rehab starts before returning to the Rangers on May 28, going 2-0 with a 2.87 ERA before the shoulder started bothering him. He is 41-25 with a 3.26 ERA in three-plus seasons since joining the Rangers from Japan. According to the Dallas Morning News, he likely will be limited to about 90 pitches in the start against the Cubs. The Rangers (54-36) have a 5 1/2-game lead over the second-place Astros, who came alive just as Texas began to struggle.MORE: Five players who need to step it up in the second halfSince June 28, when the Rangers were on a four-game winning streak and hit a season-high 24 games over .500, they've gone 3-9, including six losses to the Twins who own the AL's worst record at 32-56.

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