Baseball: Injured Darvish avoids significant elbow damage: report

San Diego Padres pitcher Yu Darvish has a bone spur in his right elbow but has avoided any significant damage, reported Thursday.

The official website of Major League Baseball quoted Darvish, who is on the 15-day injured list with right elbow inflammation, as saying through interpreter Shingo Horie, "There's some relief in a sense that there's nothing going on with the ligament."

Padres manager Bob Melvin said Darvish received a cortisone injection and will be shut down temporarily, but Darvish plans to at least make an attempt to come back this season, said, adding that he plans to begin playing catch after a few days of rest.

The 37-year-old has an 8-10 win-loss record with a 4.56 ERA in 24 starts this season.

Darvish, who previously played for the Nippon Ham Fighters, Texas Rangers, Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs, is four short of 200 professional career wins.

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