BOSTON -- Darren O'Day, on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right shoulder, has thrown for three straight days on flat ground without any problems. He has still not thrown off a mound but is still hoping that he can be activated Friday -- the first day he can be activated."That's the best-case scenario," O'Day said. "It's much better. I just know how much it has improved. It's just feeling better all the time." O'Day (0-1, 5.93 ERA) is fighting hard not to buried as the season winds down. After two outstanding years for the Rangers, this season has been a long tough struggle, but he's not writing it off completely just yet. "When I get back, I still have three weeks to pitch well," O'Day said. "That's a chance. I know it doesn't look good, but it's a chance." O'Day was 8-3 with a 1.94 ERA while holding opponents to a .198 batting average from 2009-10. But this season began with a torn labrum in his left hip that required surgery and put him on the disabled list for three months. He has been bouncing back and forth between Triple-A and the Majors since the end of June trying to get back to where he was the past two seasons. He has not been successful, and now the shoulder has him on the disabled list. "To be honest, in speaking with my hip surgeon, trying to comeback after surgery, strengthening the hip and trying to perform is hard," O'Day said. "I need time to rest and time to strengthen it. I felt like I was just starting to pitch the way I want and get the results that are typical of me when the shoulder started hurting. That's what makes it so frustrating."
Feldman gets another start; Ogando skipped
BOSTON -- Scott Feldman is getting another start. Manager Ron Washington said Saturday that the Rangers have decided to pitch Feldman on Monday against the Rays so that Alexi Ogando can get a break.The move is similar to what they did with Matt Harrison earlier this week. Feldman stepped in on Tuesday against the Rays and pitched six scoreless innings in a 2-0 victory at Rangers Ballpark. Ogando, in his first full season as a starter, is 12-7 with a 3.68 ERA in 26 starts, but he is 2-3 with a 6.75 ERA in his last seven appearances. The Rangers believe he could use a mental break more than anything. "Just like we did with Harrison, we feel like he needs to miss a start," Washington said. "He'll throw in the bullpen one day and maybe catch his second wind. The velocity is fine coming out of his hand. It's an adjustment. When things aren't happening the way you want it, it becomes mental -- not hitting the strike zone and not knowing what to do." Harrison, after being skipped on Tuesday, threw two scoreless innings in relief on Wednesday and will start Sunday against the Red Sox. Then he will get another extended rest and not pitch again until Sept. 13. The Rangers don't play on Thursday or the following Monday, two off-days that will allow everybody to get extra rest while C.J. Wilson pitches every fifth day. After Feldman's start Monday, he'll be followed by Wilson and Derek Holland against the Rays. After Thursday's off-day, Colby Lewis, Ogando and Wilson will pitch in the three-game series against the Athletics.
Holland showing no signs of fatigue
BOSTON -- While the Rangers give Matt Harrison and Alexi Ogando breaks from the rotation, Derek Holland marches on. Manager Ron Washington said Holland wasn't happy when he was pulled from Friday's 10-0 victory over the Red Sox after seven scoreless innings, but the Rangers had a 10-run lead and Holland had thrown 98 pitches."I felt it was time to save some bullets," Washington said. "He didn't want to come out, because he was really into the game. But once he settled down and his teammates shook his hand, we explained what we were doing." Holland, after Friday's performance, is now 7-1 with a 2.63 ERA in his last 11 starts. He is showing no signs of the fatigue that everybody is fretting over with the Rangers' young starting pitchers. "The big thing is, I give credit to the trainers," Holland said. "They push me, because they know I like to work hard, but they stay on top of it and make sure I don't get too fatigued." Holland said Rangers starters are getting annoyed at all the talk about their physical and mental endurance at this time of the season. "We're definitely tired of hearing about it," Holland said. "I don't think fatigue is an excuse. Personally, I don't seem tired. We all have bad days. Unfortunately, I've had a few of them." Holland still has at least four starts left and then comes the playoffs. That means there could be 6-7 weeks left in the season. "Bring it on," Holland said. "I work out hard enough, I'm good to go."
Beltre still not running at full speed
BOSTON -- Adrian Beltre was 1-for-4 with two RBIs on Friday night in his second game back off the disabled list. He got an extra at-bat in the eighth after manager Ron Washington started substituting for other starters.Beltre, who missed five weeks with a strained left hamstring, asked for the extra at-bat. He is 2-for-8 in two games since coming off the DL, but the slugger is still not running full speed on the bases. "I'm fine with that. We need him for the rest of the year," manager Ron Washington said. "What I want him to do is stay healthy. He is not going to get crazy. If he pulls that thing again, the next time we'll see him is in Spring Training." If Beltre is on base late in the game and the Rangers need his run, Washington said he'll likely use a pinch-runner and figure out what to do defensively after that.
Infielder Omar Quintanilla has declined outright assignment to Triple-A Round Rock and has become a free agent. He was 1-for-22 with the Rangers until being outrighted Thursday to make room for infielder Esteban German. "Wow. ... It was a big relief to get it out of the way, outfielder Leonys Martin said of his first Major League hit, an eighth-inning single on Friday night. Manager Ron Washington on Michael Gonzalez throwing a scoreless inning in his first appearance with the Rangers: "He's impressive. He threw the ball well down in the zone. It was nice to get our eyes on him." Mike Napoli had a 22-game road hitting streak end Friday night. Martin made his Major League debut after just 73 Minor League games. That's the fewest for a Rangers player since Pete Incaviglia came right out of Oklahoma State and made his Major League debut in 1986.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.