Oliver plans to return with option kicking in

Oliver plans to return with option kicking in

DETROIT -- Darren Oliver appeared in his 41st game Monday night. As long as he stays healthy, Oliver should easily get 59 appearances and have his option for 2011 kick in at a salary of $3.25 million.

Oliver turns 40 in October, but he has no intention of retiring. He said he plans on pitching again next season.

"Why not?" Oliver said. "I still feel good. If my kids tell me to quit, I'll quit. But they haven't said that. I would never put baseball in front of my family. But they have been pretty cool about it."

The Rangers should welcome Oliver back. He has a 1.29 ERA, the fourth lowest among relievers in the American League, and opponents are hitting .181 off him, the sixth lowest average in the league.