O'Day good to go for Rangers

O'Day good to go for Rangers

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers' Opening Day roster should be complete. Right-hander Darren O'Day should be ready to be a part of their bullpen.

O'Day, who has been sidelined with inflammation in the back of his right elbow, threw 26 pitches in a simulated game on Friday and everything went well.

"Everything felt awesome," O'Day said. "I was much more in control than in [Wednesday's] Minor League appearance."

Manager Ron Washington watched from behind the batting cage and said, "I saw him hitting the glove and the ball coming out of his hand really well. Everything he wanted to do, he did. He was hitting the glove with consistency and it was crisp."

The Rangers had contingency plans ready in case O'Day was not ready for Opening Day. But that is not going to be the case.

"We've got until tomorrow to see how he feels," general manager Jon Daniels said. "But he looks good and says he feels good. Barring something unforeseen, he should be ready."

O'Day pitched in 64 games for the Rangers in 2009 and was 2-1 with a 1.94 ERA.