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Yu Darvish, Texas Rangers ace, to have season-ending surgery

Yu Darvish of the Texas Rangers takes a

Yu Darvish of the Texas Rangers takes a moment on the mound against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. (April 2, 2013) Credit: Getty Bob Levey

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish will have season-ending, elbow ligament- replacement surgery next week.

Texas said Friday that Dr. James Andrews will operate on Tuesday in Gulf Breeze, Florida.

The 28-year-old right-hander made his decision after Andrews reviewed images of his right elbow. Two other doctors recommended Tommy John surgery, which likely will sideline Darvish until early next season.

An MRI last week revealed partially torn ligaments and inflammation after Darvish felt tightness in his triceps while warming up for his spring training debut. He threw 10 of 12 pitches for strikes in his only inning before telling anyone about the discomfort.

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