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Monday, April 25, 2011
Notes: Darren O'Day's hip, Hunter throws

By Richard Durrett

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Rangers manager Ron Washington said he didn't use reliever Darren O'Day in the three-game series with Kansas City because he was dealing with a sore left hip.

O'Day, 28, said it was something that was bothering him, but he thinks he's ready to pitch now. Washington said he was available to pitch tonight.

"It's frustrating because I throw strikes and don't walk guys and hit people," O'Day said. "These things happen and you have to work through them. I want to pitch the way I'm capable of and I haven't yet."

O'Day has pitched just twice in the last 12 days, the last coming Wednesday against the Angels when he gave up a solo home run to Peter Bourjos. He has four walks in his last four games (3 1/3 innings) and opponents are hitting .250 off him.

Lefties are just 1-for-10 off O'Day, while right-handers are 5-for-14 (.357).

Other notes:

* Tommy Hunter (strained groin) threw between 40 and 45 pitches in live batting practice on Monday and felt good. He is scheduled to throw a bullpen on Wednesday or Thursday in Arlington and then head to Arizona for a two- or three-inning outing in an extended spring game. Hunter expects it to be just one outing before he goes to Triple-A Round Rock or Double-A Frisco for a minor league start.

"I'm finally throwing again and that feels good," Hunter said. "I don't feel it [the groin] at all. I don't even think about it."

* Brandon Webb is scheduled to throw three innings on Saturday in an extended spring game. His velocity topped out at 84 miles per hour in Arizona on Monday, but he needed just 16 pitches to get through two innings and felt good.

"It's a start in the process," manager Ron Washington said. "He's going to go through what pitchers go through. We want to get him to start competing. Maybe the competition will get something more out of him [in terms of the velocity]."

* Scott Feldman is scheduled to pitch three innings in extended spring on Thursday.