Team owner Hiroji Okoso told reporters yesterday that Yu Darvish is currently in the team plans for the 2012 season.
"We sign 1-year deals [with Darvish] so we won't know anything until we speak to him after the season ends," said Okoso. "The front office will meet with him and it's ultimately about what he wants to do. Of course we currently have him in our plans for next season."
And while we're on the subject of Darvish...
- His next start will likely come on the 11th (on 4 days of rest) against the Rakuten Eagles (Kleenex Stadium).
- The Texas Rangers and Minnesota Twins were amongst the MLB clubs in attendance during his start last night.
- He recorded his 49th double-digit strikeout game of his career last night. It was also his 5th double-digit strikeout game against the Softbank Hawks this season (in as many games). That makes Darvish the first pitcher to record 5 or more double-digit strikeout games against one team during one season since Hideo Nomo in 1991 when he recorded double-digit strikeouts in 7 straight games against Lotte.
- He's also 33-9-7 in those 49 double-digit strikeout games.