Darvish unlikely to see All-Star action

July 10th, 2021

SAN DIEGO -- Padres right-hander is "unlikely" to pitch in the All-Star Game on Tuesday, as he battles tightness in his back and hip, manager Jayce Tingler said on Friday.

Darvish will travel to Denver to take part in the festivities at Coors Field, as one of four Padres named to the National League All-Star team. But Darvish has battled some minor soreness in his back for most of the past month. During his start on Thursday night, his hip tightened, as well, and he was removed after three rocky innings.

Tingler noted that he expects Darvish to be ready for the second half of the season. But Darvish's decision to miss out on All-Star Game action felt like a prudent precaution.

"Without getting into a lot of detail, he's going to be in a good place in a couple days,” Tingler said. “But I do feel it's going to be tough for him to be able to go, just knowing how he's feeling with his back and hip right now. Things can change, but I'd say right now it's probably unlikely he pitches in the All-Star Game."

In 18 starts for the Padres, Darvish owns a 3.09 ERA, though that number was significantly lower before he allowed six runs to the Nationals across three innings on Thursday. Darvish threw only 64 pitches, and his early exit, Tingler said, was a precaution as a result of that back and hip tightness.

"If we can have some good days in the training room and just work some of that tightness out, loosen up a little bit -- I think a little bit of a break will naturally help," Tingler said. "But I do anticipate him being able to make his starts coming off of the All-Star break."