Rangers activate O’Day, option Kirkman

The Texas Rangers activated right-hander Darren O’Day from the

60-day disabled list prior to Saturday night’s game against the

Florida Marlins.

O’Day had been out since April 27 with a partial tear of the

labrum in his left hip. He compiled a 2.45 ERA in eight relief

appearances for Texas before the injury.

After recovering from surgery on the hip, O’Day had a 3.68 ERA

in six minor league relief appearances leading to his return to the

Rangers’ roster.

To create a spot for O’Day on the 25-man roster, the Rangers

optioned left-hander Michael Kirkman to Triple-A Round Rock.

The additions of O’Day and right-hander Tommy Hunter, who was

activated from the disabled list on Friday, will give the bullpen a

boost, but Rangers manager Ron Washington said the Rangers are not

done seeking relief help.

Hunter made his first appearance of the season on Saturday

night, relieving starter Derek Holland in the first.

He was removed from the game in the sixth when he appeared to be

hit in the left foot on a line drive by Florida’s Emilio Bonifacio.

Later, the Rangers said Hunter wasn’t taken out due to injury.