Darvish joins Dodgers, eager to fit in with new teammates | National Sports – Arizona News

Darvish joins Dodgers, eager to fit in with new teammates | National Sports – Arizona News

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.”

Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, currently on the DL with a lower back strain, chatted with Darvish at last month’s All-Star game. The conversation including a prediction from Kershaw that the two soon would be teammates.

“When I was talking with him he told me, ‘I’ll be looking for you in about three weeks,’ and it actually happened,” Darvish said. “It’s amazing.”

Darvish said Kershaw is “the No. 1 pitcher in all of baseball.”

“Of course I’m looking forward to being on the same team and I would like to learn all I can from him,” he said.

“It’s an honor to be here playing for a great team which is having such a good season,” he said. “This is my first time to get traded during a season. I was worried a little bit, going into the clubhouse and everything, but the guys have been really great. I think I feel really comfortable now.”

Manager Dave Roberts and pitching coach Rick Honeycutt were among the large group watching…

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