ARLINGTON -- Darren O'Day pitched two innings for Triple-A Round Rock in Nashville on Thursday, and the reliever tabbed his return date as "very soon." Rangers manager Ron Washington seemed to suggest that in all likelihood, O'Day -- who is recovering from hip surgery -- would be back either on Saturday or Sunday. "He threw pretty good [Thursday]," Washington said. "Maybe we might see him sometime this weekend. I don't know. But the weekend doesn't end until Sunday. I'm not willing to say my plan yet."
O'Day also pitched on Wednesday, so he simply may not be available to pitch on Friday, thus making any potential roster move premature. O'Day has been a workhorse out of the bullpen for the Rangers for the last two years, logging 64 and 72 appearances, respectively. The Texas bullpen owned the third-highest ERA in the American League entering Friday, and it was tied for the most losses in the league, which has O'Day chomping at the bit to get back. "It's been tough, because I couldn't be here to help," O'Day said. "The right move was to get healthy, because if I was struggling, I wouldn't be helping. I know these guys are good pitchers, and I think we're starting to get things figured out."