Yu Darvish felt much better Wednesday, a day after having to skip his scheduled start for the Texas Rangers because of neck stiffness.

Darvish even played catch in the outfield before their game against Oakland.

Manager Ron Washington said Darvish was on schedule to take his next turn in the rotation Sunday for the AL West leaders. When questioned, the manager acknowledged Darvish might pitch sooner if healthy.

“He’s got to be 100 percent. If he’s 100 percent before Sunday, you may see him,” Washington said. “If not, then you certainly will see him Sunday.”

The Rangers play their regular-season home finale Sunday against the Los Angeles Angels, who will wrap up a three-game weekend series.

In five starts since coming back from missing a start Aug. 23 with right quadriceps tightness Aug 23, Darvish is 4-0 with a 1.46 ERA. The Japanese rookie is 16-9 in 28 starts overall with a 3.90 ERA.

Washington said Darvish made it clear how he felt about missing the last start. The pitcher obviously wants to get back on the mound as soon as possible.

“No way [the neck] is going to impact him being able to pitch Sunday,” Washington said. “It just made a difference in him pitching [Tuesday]. Couldn’t do it.”

Darvish woke up with a stiff neck Tuesday, then came in for treatment early. That wasn’t enough to ease the problem, and the Rangers scratched Darvish.

Elbow injury sidelines Orioles’ Wolf

The Baltimore Orioles placed left-handed pitcher Randy Wolf on the 60-day disabled list with a torn ligament in his left elbow.

Manager Buck Showalter said that Wolf, who was 2-0 with a 5.28 ERA in five games with the Orioles since signing as a free agent Aug. 31, felt discomfort in his elbow in the fifth inning Saturday.

Baltimore purchased Bill Hall’s contract from Triple-A Norfolk. Hall, who plays both infield and outfield, will be used to help out in the outfield while Lew Ford recovers from a groin injury.

Eye irritation shelves Twins pitcher

Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Samuel Deduno left Wednesday afternoon’s game against the New York Yankees because of irritation in his left eye. Deduno was removed with two out in the second inning after walking Eric Chavez. Deduno didn’t allow a hit or a run. He walked two and struck out two.