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Rangers reliever Darren O’Day nearing return from hip surgery

Jun 28, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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Rangers setup man Darren O’Day is on the verge of coming off the disabled list two months after undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum in his hip.

O’Day isn’t exactly a household name, but his returning healthy would be a huge boost to the Rangers’ bullpen. In parts of three seasons in Texas the side-arming right-hander has a 2.02 ERA and 104/33 K/BB ratio in 125 innings.

He’s scheduled to pitch tonight at Triple-A in what could be his final minor-league rehab appearance before coming off the DL.

Texas ranked second in bullpen ERA last season at 3.38, but Rangers relievers have combined for a 4.53 ERA this season that ranks second-worst in the league ahead of only the Twins.

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