O'Day throws off mound during his recovery

O'Day throws off mound during his recovery

MINNEAPOLIS -- Rangers reliever Darren O'Day is with the team on the current roadtrip as he continues to make progress in his recovery from left hip surgery.

O'Day pitched off a mound for the first time on Wednesday and threw 26 pitches. The outing came just under six weeks after he underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left hip.

"He's doing good," pitching coach Mike Maddux said. "He'll throw every other day and get into Spring Training mode. Then he'll throw live BP and do that two or three times. At that point he'll be re-evaluated and maybe go get some innings."

O'Day had surgery on April 28. He is on the 60-day disabled list and is eligible to come off on June 26. He was supposed to be one of the Rangers' right-handed setup relievers after combining for a 1.94 ERA in 140 appearances over the past two seasons.

But he had a 8.00 ERA in Spring Training and a 2.45 ERA in his first eight games of the season before deciding to have surgery. O'Day had been bothered by pain in his left hip for the past few years and had been pitching through it before finally deciding to have the surgery.