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Darvish free of back inflammation

Arlington, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Texas Rangers starter Yu Darvish will be heading back to his native Japan for off-season workouts with a clean bill of health.

On Thursday, the club announced that the 27-year-old right-hander had a follow-up appointment with spine consultant Dr. Drew Dossett, and underwent an MRI this week in Dallas which showed that nerve irritation in his lower back has subsided.

Darvish finished his second MLB campaign with a 13-9 record, 2.83 ERA and a league-best 277 strikeouts in 209 2/3 innings over 32 starts.

11/21 19:54:13 ET

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