Darvish's neck is fine, will start on Sunday

Yu Darvish's neck improving, Rangers ace will start Sunday at Washington

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Texas Rangers starting pitcher Yu Darvish throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Detroit, Thursday, May 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Texas Rangers pitching ace Yu Darvish arrived at the ballpark on Wednesday with his stiff neck feeling better, and the team plans to start him on Sunday at Washington.

Darvish was scratched from his start against the Twins on Tuesday night because of a sore neck. An MRI showed nothing to be concerned about and the Japanese star went through a workout in Minneapolis on Wednesday with no problems.

Rangers manager Ron Washington says the team will let him skip his turn in the rotation and jump back in on Sunday. He says they want to ensure Darvish is as close to 100 percent as possible when he returns.

The 27-year-old Darvish is 4-2 in nine starts with a 2.35 ERA, the fourth-best in Major League Baseball.