Whether or not staff ace Yu Darvish (neck) will be ready for Opening Day is unclear at this point.
T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com writes: "Darvish played catch on Monday but is still dealing with a stiff neck. The Rangers aren’t sure when he’ll get back on the mound and it appears more questionable if he’ll be ready for Opening Day. General manager Jon Daniels said it wouldn’t be the end of the world if Darvish gets pushed back."
The Rangers open the season with a series against the Phillies that begins on Monday, March 31st.
In his second season with the Rangers, Darvish finished second behind Max Scherzer in A.L. Cy Young voting with a 13-9 record, 2.83 ERA (fourth-best in AL) and league-best 277 strikeouts.
Darvish is ranked second in my 2014 starting pitcher fantasy baseball rankings behind only Clayton Kershaw.