ATLANTA (AP) — Yu Darvish is eager to avoid making a bad first impression with his new Dodgers teammates.
Darvish, traded from Texas to Los Angeles for three prospects on Monday, joined the Dodgers on Wednesday. The four-time All-Star right-hander threw a bullpen session before Wednesday night’s game against Atlanta and settled into his new clubhouse.
Speaking through a translator, the Japanese pitcher said he doesn’t want to arrive at midseason, “do whatever you want to do and you’re a bad teammate.”
Added Darvish: “I don’t want to be that guy.”
Darvish says the Dodgers are “a great team” and said players have made him feel comfortable.
Right-hander Josh Ravine was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City to clear a roster spot for Darvish, who will make his Dodgers debut on Friday night at the New York Mets.
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