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Bad back sidelines Rangers’ Darvish

BALTIMORE - Yu Darvish has been placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Texas Rangers and will miss the All-Star Game next week.

Darvish has a mild strain in his upper back. The move was announced Wednesday and is retroactive to July 6.

The right-hander was scheduled to pitch against Baltimore on Thursday, but has been scratched.

He’s 8-4 overall, but has won only once in his past nine starts.

Darvish leads the majors with 157 strikeouts. He has a 3.02 ERA.

Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine says, “At this stage, it’s not something we are really worried about.”

He says the injury “was a little more fatigue than anything.”

In a statement, Darvish said, “I don’t think it’s a big issue, but just as a precaution, I’d rather skip a start than push it through.”

AP

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