The Texas Rangers don’t seem particularly worried about right-hander Yu Darvish, who has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a mild strain in his trapezius muscle in his upper back, so really, fantasy owners shouldn’t overreact to the news. After all, Darvish is expected to miss only one start, which puts him in basically the same position as awesome New York Mets right-hander Matt Harvey, in the same plight this weekend. Sure, Harvey’s issue is about starting the All-Star Game -- um, I mean, he has a blister -- and Darvish’s is more like shoulder fatigue, but still, the goal is the long term for these teams and fantasy owners. It’s not terribly uncommon for starting pitchers to get the brief DL treatment, or in the case of Oakland Athletics right-hander Dan Straily, to get sent to the minor leagues for a quick return after the All-Star break.
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Because of the impending All-Star break, Yu Darvish's absence shouldn't affect fantasy owners as much as they think.