Right-hander Yu Darvish joined his new Los Angeles Dodgers teammates in Atlanta on Wednesday and threw a bullpen session in advance of his first scheduled start with the team at the New York Mets on Friday.
He joins a rotation that includes Clayton Kershaw, who is currently recovering from a back injury, Alex Wood, Rich Hill and Kenta Maeda. Darvish said before Wednesday’s game against the Braves that he was excited to join a contender and one of the favorites to win the World Series.
“It is an honor to be here and to play for such a great team that is having a good season,” Darvish said through an interpreter.
Darvish was 6-9 with a 4.01 ERA in 22 starts for the Texas Rangers this season, and said his initial concern was jelling with his new teammates.
“This is my first time getting traded during the season, and I was worried a little bit if I could blend into the clubhouse and everything,” Darvish said. “But the guys were really great and I feel comfortable. I am looking forward to playing for the first time with the Dodgers.”
While Darvish is in the midst of his worst season statistically in the majors, he does own a career ERA of 3.23 in 16 starts in August and September. He is also 8-3 with a 3.07 ERA and 139 strikeouts in 105 2/3 innings in his career against National League teams.
“I got a chance to watch his ‘pen, and he was very focused and was a really good worker,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “The body is physical, and just seeing him in the ‘pen, I was really excited.”