MLB Team Report - Texas Rangers - INSIDE PITCH

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Rangers manager Ron Washington was reluctant to talk about Yu Darvish's return on Friday, perhaps because he believed he had already said too much.

Washington retreated from a comment he made to a radio audience on ESPN/103.3 FM earlier in the day, in which he said the benefit of Darvish pitching again this season "would just be the fact that he hasn't quit on his teammates."

"I don't know how to answer that without sounding like I'm making a negative statement," said Washington, who was asked if it was important to the clubhouse for Darvish to pitch. "I just want him to go through the process and then we'll evaluate as we go through the process.

"I'll try to answer that and I'll say one word in the sentence and it'll be taken all out of context and all hell will be breaking loose.

"I didn't mean it like that."

Darvish hasn't pitched since being placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Aug. 10, with right elbow inflammation.

At the time, Darvish seemed to cast doubt about when or even if he would come back this year out of an overabundance of caution. The next day, Washington said he expected the right-hander to return when he was eligible on Aug. 25.

When he'll actually return has yet to be determined, though it will not be Monday.

Washington said he has no concern about Darvish's commitment to the team.

"None at all."


MLB Team Report - Texas Rangers - NOTES, QUOTES

RECORD: 49-78

STREAK: Lost one

NEXT: Royals (RHP Jeremy Guthrie, 9-10, 4.48 ERA) at Rangers (RHP Nick Tepesch, 4-7, 4.15 ERA)


--RHP Colby Lewis (8-11, 5.54 ERA) gave up four runs on six hits in six innings while suffering the loss in the Rangers' 6-3 loss to Kansas City on Friday night on the one-year anniversary of his hip replacement surgery. Lewis gave up two home runs to lead off innings, including one to Billy Butler in the Royals' three-run second and another to Josh Willingham in the fourth. Lewis set down the last eight hitters he faced. "Early in the game, he just couldn't get the ball down," manager Ron Washington said. "But then after that he settled in and when he left the ballgame, we were still in it."

--CF Leonys Martin went 0-for-3 with a walk, yet is hitting .455 in his last nine games after ending an 0-for-12 slide to raise his average 17 points to .266. Coupled with an 0-for-12 slide, Andrus is hitting .241 in his last 25 games.