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Diamond Cuts: The Rangers' Rough Weekend

Jeff Stotts

Jeff Stotts

Jeff Stotts works as a Certified Athletic Trainer (MAT, ATC, PES, CES). He won the 2011 Best Fantasy Football Article in Print from the Fantasy Sports Trade Association.

Yu Darvish and Jurickson Profar

Last week I detailed the injury woes of Rangers pitchers Matt Harrison and Derek Holland. Now with the start of the season on the horizon the team is dealing with two additional problems. Ace Yu Darvish is dealing with a stiff neck that has already ended his spring. The Rangers hope he will be ready for Opening Day but have already begun a contingency plan in case he can't go. The problem with injuries to the neck muscles is they are always functioning. They help move the head through the various ranges of motion and also help support the weight of the head. They do so voluntarily and involuntarily and any limitation to the area can have a cascade effect on an individual's ability to remain stable during simple movements. Pitching is clearly not a simple movement but a complex action that requires the recruitment of multiple muscle groups. Even the smallest limitation at the neck could be a big problem. Look for Darvish to skip hi

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