O'Day returns from DL, looks to bolster 'pen

June 23rd, 2017

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Orioles reinstated from the 10-day disabled list prior to Friday's game, a move that Baltimore hopes helps stabilize the bullpen and is the beginning of getting back on the right track.

"Darren is active and available. Haven't been able to say that in a while," manager Buck Showalter said of the veteran setup man, who was out since June 7 with a right shoulder strain. "Hope it's the start of some good consistent health for him, would mean a lot to our club."

O'Day, who was limited to 34 games due to injury last year, had a simulated game on Wednesday with no issues as the final step in his quick rehab. His return, coupled with the pending return of closer Zach Britton, who is currently on rehab assignment, could be a huge boon for an underperforming O's pitching staff.

"It's tough because you want to help," O'Day said. "These are guys I've been working with, a lot of them I've been working with for years and years. To see them go out there and struggle is tough. It's exciting to be back. This time it wasn't a long DL stint, so I kind of stayed engaged and went in the bullpen every day and stayed in routine. Caught a couple of home runs. So, feel like I'm right where I need to be."

O'Day is 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA in 24 games this year.