Wash not worried about 'pen fluctuation
O’Day will undergo surgery in Nashville, Tenn., for a torn labrum in his left hip Thursday, the Rangers announced a couple of hours before Wednesday's game against Toronto at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
“It is something he’s been dealing with for awhile,’’ manager Ron Washington said. “It got to the point where it bothered him. He pitched through it for a long time.’’
Slants from the side-arming O’Day were a key element in the Rangers’ American League title a season ago.
Closer Neftali Feliz (right shoulder inflammation) is not eligible to come off the 15-day DL until May 6.
Washington said he isn’t going to worry about the bullpen.
“We don’t worry, we just play baseball,’’ the manager said.
The contract of right-handed reliever Ryan Tucker was purchased from AAA Round Rock to replace O’Day. Tucker is at Rangers Ballpark for tonight’s third game of a four-game series with Toronto. He's the third right-hander promoted from Round Rock in the last week.
Tucker at Round Rock was 1-1 with a 4.09 ERA with 10 strikeouts in 11 innings.
“He’s got a good change and a good breaking ball and he can give us some multiple innings,’’ Washington said of the newest addition to the Rangers staff.
Also on the bullpen front:
*Washington was adamant that he is not considering a move of starter Alexi Ogando (3-0, 2.13 ERA) to the bullpen.
“I’m not taking him out of the rotation,’’ Washington said. “I’m not robbing Peter to pay Paul.’’
*Feliz said he played catch at 90 feet Wednesday and reported no difficulties with his shoulder.
“He’s feeling much, much better,’’ Washington said of his closer. “He’s been doing his exercises and is under personal care.’’
*The Rangers have had to use the bullpen quite a bit in the first two games of the Toronto series. The Jays have scored 16 runs in a pair of wins.
Washington said if starter Derek Holland and the bullpen can avoid big numbers in one inning tonight “we’ll get them.’’
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