All-Star pitchers Yu Darvish and Yusei Kikuchi placed on injured list

San Diego Padres right-hander Yu Darvish and Seattle Mariners left-hander Yusei Kikuchi were placed on the 10-day injured list by their respective teams on Sunday.

Both pitchers are All-Star Game picks, but Darvish is on the list of players who will miss Tuesday’s game at Coors Field due to injury. Darvish went on the injured list with inflamed left hip, with a ruling retroactive to Friday.

Padres manager Jayce Tingler said Darvish’s early exit from his last outing was preemptive and the pitcher planned to travel to Denver to watch the All-Star Game.

Darvish, who left Thursday night’s start against the Washington Nationals after just three innings, is 7-3 with a 3.09 ERA in 18 starts.

Kikuchi has been moved to the injured list for undisclosed reasons, but according to local media, he is on the COVID-related injured list after experiencing symptoms.

Kikuchi, who earned his first major league all-star after being named to the NPB all-star team, enters the break with a 6-4 record and a 3.48 ERA in 16 departures.

Seattle manager Scott Servais, speaking to the media ahead of Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Angels, said Kikuchi was vaccinated and still had to attend the All-Star Game.

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