ARLINGTON, Texas -

Texas Rangers right-handed pitcher Yu Darvish will start Friday against the Cleveland Indians on his regular four days' rest.

That announcement by manager Ron Washington would seem to put to rest any further concerns that a stiff neck that forced Darvish to miss a start last month. He returned Sunday in triumph, earning the victory in Texas' 2-0 win over Washington.

Darvish had 12 strikeouts on 102 pitches.

The Rangers could have given him an extra day off with an off-day on Thursday. Instead, right-hander Nick Tepesch, 2-1 with a 5.40 ERA in his first four starts this season, will be pushed back to Saturday.

"We wanted to keep him on turn," Washington said of Darvish. "He didn't really throw that many pitches, so he's good."

Washington also said right-handed Tanner Scheppers, rehabbing from elbow inflammation, is edging closer to a return.

What his role will be out there is guess at this point.

Scheppers was a reliable setup man for the team a season ago before starting the season in a thin starting rotation beset with injuries. It wouldn't appear the Rangers have room for him deep in the bullpen with right-handers Jason Frasor and Alexi Ogando and left-hander Neal Cotts all pitching in their roles effectively. Right-hander Joaquin Soria is the closer.

"That's not my conclusion," Washington said when asked about Scheppers not fitting into the back of the bullpen. "We're going to do what we have to do when we have to do it."