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Darvish agrees to not pitch in All-Star Game

Right-hander will get extra rest between starts after break
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ARLINGTON -- Yu Darvish has agreed with the Rangers' request that he not pitch in the All-Star Game.

Darvish is scheduled to pitch against the Angels on Sunday. He had the option of still pitching in the All-Star Game presented by Mastercard -- set for Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. CT at Marlins Park in Miami on FOX -- if he would commit to being able to throw 20 pitches. But the club requested that he not do so for multiple reasons.

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ARLINGTON -- Yu Darvish has agreed with the Rangers' request that he not pitch in the All-Star Game.

Darvish is scheduled to pitch against the Angels on Sunday. He had the option of still pitching in the All-Star Game presented by Mastercard -- set for Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. CT at Marlins Park in Miami on FOX -- if he would commit to being able to throw 20 pitches. But the club requested that he not do so for multiple reasons.

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"The amount of innings [111] he has thrown and the number of innings last year," manager Jeff Banister said. "He is going to be pitching Sunday before the break and the prospect of the number of innings he's going to pitch after the break."

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Darvish is the Rangers' lone All-Star representative. This will be only the third time that the Rangers have not had a player appear in the All-Star Game. The last time was in 2007, when Michael Young was selected as a reserve but did not play. The other was in 1972.

Darvish is planning to go the All-Star Game and participate in the festivities.

"We are excited, happy, thrilled he is an All-Star," Banister said. "We just had to make a decision based on the overall workload and health of the player, and maintain that the remainder of the season."

Darvish was not available to address the situation on Friday.

"I think Yu understands," Banister said. "Obviously, he would love to pitch in the All-Star Game. But where he is lined up and where he is at, we are worried about winning baseball games. I know [Darvish] is all in on winning. I don't know if there was any sales' job needed. It was our decision as an organization."

Darvish has also had to deal with some tightness in his triceps over the past three weeks although it hasn't kept him from making his starts.

"All of it ... everything ... not just one thing," Banister said. "We take in all factors."

The Rangers are also using the All-Star break to give Darvish extra rest. He is starting on Sunday, and he probably won't start until the following Sunday, giving him six days' rest.

The tentative rotation plan coming out of the All-Star break is for Martin Perez and Cole Hamels to pitch the first two games in Kansas City. Darvish would pitch on Sunday, and then Andrew Cashner and Tyson Ross would pitch the first two games in Baltimore.

On Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. CT, tune in to the 2017 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard live on FOX, and during the game visit MLB.com to submit your choice for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet via the 2017 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote. The 88th All-Star Game, in Miami, will be televised nationally by FOX, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 160 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB.com, MLB Network and SiriusXM will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.

T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.

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