O'Day makes progress, hopes to return Friday

O'Day makes progress, hopes to return Friday

BOSTON -- Darren O'Day, on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right shoulder, has thrown for three straight days on flat ground without any problems. He has still not thrown off a mound but is still hoping that he can be activated Friday -- the first day he can be activated.

"That's the best-case scenario," O'Day said. "It's much better. I just know how much it has improved. It's just feeling better all the time."

O'Day (0-1, 5.93 ERA) is fighting hard not to buried as the season winds down. After two outstanding years for the Rangers, this season has been a long tough struggle, but he's not writing it off completely just yet.

"When I get back, I still have three weeks to pitch well," O'Day said. "That's a chance. I know it doesn't look good, but it's a chance."

O'Day was 8-3 with a 1.94 ERA while holding opponents to a .198 batting average from 2009-10. But this season began with a torn labrum in his left hip that required surgery and put him on the disabled list for three months. He has been bouncing back and forth between Triple-A and the Majors since the end of June trying to get back to where he was the past two seasons. He has not been successful, and now the shoulder has him on the disabled list.

"To be honest, in speaking with my hip surgeon, trying to comeback after surgery, strengthening the hip and trying to perform is hard," O'Day said. "I need time to rest and time to strengthen it. I felt like I was just starting to pitch the way I want and get the results that are typical of me when the shoulder started hurting. That's what makes it so frustrating."