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Angels are hoping for recovery after 2-1 loss to Rangers

Angels are hoping for recovery after 2-1 loss to Rangers

The Angels’ opposition Friday night represented the manifestation of their hopes for their franchise’s future.

In the form of Yu Darvish, the Texas Rangers’ dominant, deceptive right-hander, the Angels could envision their path to success. Darvish underwent Tommy John surgery 18 months ago to repair the torn ulnar collateral ligament within his problematic elbow. He returned with a tick more velocity and the rest of his stuff intact, and he turned 30 last month.

It is possible, if not probable, that four of the five men who will compose the Angels’ 2018 starting rotation will have had Tommy John surgery within a two-year span. If they can follow...

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