It seems Darvish may finish out the season starting Friday games. And prior to decided on 8/6, the Fighters apparently considered starting Darvish on either 8/6 (vs Seibu) or 8/3 (vs Softbank).
Yu Darvish's next start could come on 8/6 vs the Rakuten Eagles at Sapporo Dome. Darvish's last start was rained out after he threw 15 pitches in the bottom of the 1st inning. Said Hisanobu Watanabe, "We haven't decided anything for sure yet, but in talking to the trainer, he said that changing the intervals in between starts could complicate things. Those 15 pitches really hurt."
Darvish will also be staying behind at Kamagaya during the team's current road trip to various regional stadiums (read: no sense in having him travel unnecessarily).