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Saturday, June 18, 2011
Notes: Darren O'Day closer to rehab outing

By Richard Durrett

ATLANTA -- Rangers reliever Darren O'Day threw to live hitters prior to Saturday's game with the Braves and also had a brief fielding practice session.

O'Day threw 50 pitches with Andres Blanco and Craig Gentry taking swings. He threw all of his pitches and said his hip felt good.

"I think if the staff feels like I can field my position, I can go out for a rehab stint," O'Day said.

If that happens, it could be Arizona next week. O'Day can get some innings in and work on his fielding as he gets ready to rejoin the club. He's still hoping to do so by the end of June.

"I could tell a difference between today and the last time he threw in New York," Gentry said. "Everything was better. He had good action and deception. He's really close."

Other notes:

* New infield grass will await the team when they return home Monday. That's not unusual as the grass is normally replaced around this time to better take the heat of the summer. Manager Ron Washington doesn't want to alter the current length.

"I want it in-between," Washington said about the length. "You want it a little slow, but not have it be too long where the ball starts snaking."

Washington said he's been pleased with the grass the past few seasons, calling it "perfect."

* Washington hasn't decided about his lineup for Sunday's game and whether he'll get Taylor Teagarden in the game or make other alterations to get players off their feet. "Let's see how tonight goes," Washington said.

* Michael Young said he didn't think Colby Lewis had any chance to get Jason Heyward in the fifth inning last night. "It was just a sick play," Young said. "Like Colby said, he might as well take a shot there. He was running through the bag, so he wasn't going to be turning to second. Kins was backing the play up, so why not?"

Young said he just ran over to make sure he was there in case Lewis somehow got to it, but he had no idea how Lewis might attempt to get the runner.