NEW YORK -- Right-handed reliever Darren O'Day, who has been sidelined for almost two months, took the mound and pitched live batting practice on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium. It was his first time going off a mound since he had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left hip on April 28.
"It was good, very good," O'Day said. "I felt great. My command was a little off, maybe because I was so excited facing hitters."
O'Day can come off the 60-day disabled list on June 26, but that might be pushing it. He is not close to being able to pitch in games and will continue to be limited to live batting practice for the time being.
"He's rusty," manager Ron Washington said. "He threw some good pitches, but there wasn't any consistency. This was a start. He left the mound feeling pretty good, but he's still got to build up stamina. But it was nice to see him on the mound."
Hamilton not interested in Home Run Derby
NEW YORK -- Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton is in the running for a fourth straight All-Star appearance, but is still not interested in doing the Home Run Derby.
Hamilton was the star of the 2008 Home Run Derby, when he set a record with 28 home runs in the first round before losing to Justin Morneau in the final round. Hamilton has not participated in the Home Run Derby since then, and does not plan to if he is selected for the All-Star Game next month in Phoenix.
"It's fun doing the Home Run Derby ... I enjoyed it," Hamilton said. "It's just a different situation. In '08 we weren't going to the playoffs. We weren't doing anything to get to postseason, we were just playing games. If I hurt myself, it was no big deal.
"The past few seasons have been different. We're moving in the right direction. I don't want to take that chance."
Hamilton, who was the American League's Most Valuable Player last year, is currently in third place among AL outfielders in the latest All-Star voting updates. That would put him in the American League starting lineup for the fourth straight year even though he missed almost six weeks with a fracture in his right arm. He went into Tuesday's game with the Yankees hitting .289 with four home runs and 23 RBIs in 30 games.
"I certainly appreciate their votes," Hamilton said. "It's nice to go and be a part of these events. If the fans want to see me, they'll vote me in. If not, they won't."
Elvis is in the lineup for series opener
NEW YORK -- Shortstop Elvis Andrus was back in the lineup on Tuesday, one game after being pinch-hit for in the ninth inning on Sunday against the Twins.
Manager Ron Washington pulled him because he was unhappy with the effort Andrus made on an errant throw in the eighth inning.
"I felt like I did what I needed to do, and [tonight] he is in the lineup," Washington said. "He knows I care about him. When I take these actions, it's because I'm trying to help him. I want him to play the way he can play all the time. I can live with mistakes. It's part of baseball."
Andrus was his usual smiling self in the clubhouse before Tuesday's game.
"Ron and I are good," Andrus said. "He is always going to be that way. He sees me taking things for granted, he's going to call me on it and talk to me. I take it as a lesson, and hopefully it won't happen again."
Harrison still sore, passes kidney stone
NEW YORK -- Pitcher Matt Harrison still has a bruise on the triceps muscle of his left arm, but still expects to make his next start on Saturday against the Braves. The good news for Harrison is he finally passed a kidney stone on Monday that had been bothering him for almost two weeks.
"It had points on it, that's why it hurt so much," Harrison said.
Harrison had to leave Sunday's game against the Twins in the seventh inning when he was hit in the left arm by Danny Valencia's line drive. Harrison played catch on Tuesday and is expected to throw a bullpen session on Wednesday.
"It's fine," Harrison said about his arm. "I have been icing it to keep the swelling down. It's just sore. I don't have any problems bending it. I got hit on the back side of the arm. If it hit me on the inside it could have been worse."
The only start Harrison has missed has been because of a blister on the index finger of his left hand, but that has hardened over and is no longer an issue. If his bruise goes away, he might actually be problem-free for the first time in three weeks.
"It's about time," Harrison said.
Hunter, Webb make encouraging rehab starts
Tommy Hunter and Brandon Webb both made rehabilitation starts for Rangers Minor League clubs on Tuesday, and both saw a degree of success.
Webb started for Double-A Frisco, and bounced back from a dreadful outing on May 30 by going three scoreless innings, giving up one hit and a walk while throwing 42 pitches.
Webb was able to get up to 87 mph, but most fastballs sat between 83 and 85.
After his outing was over, Webb threw 35 more pitches in the bullpen.
Hunter went 3 2/3 innings for Triple-A Round Rock, giving up six hits and one walk along with two runs (one earned).
Hunter threw 74 pitches before leaving with a runner on first base and two outs in the fourth.
Reliever David Bush still has a bruise on the back of his left leg after getting hit by a grounder on Saturday, but it is not keeping him from pitching.
Wednesday's game is being broadcast nationally on ESPN but will be blacked out in Dallas-Fort Worth. It will still be shown on FOX Sports Southwest.
The Rangers have signed three more draft picks: right-handed pitcher Nick Martinez (18th round) from Fordham University, shortstop Nicholous Vickerson (20th round) from Mississippi State, and left-handed pitcher Sam Robinson (32nd round) from University of Miami.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. Louie Horvath is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.