The Texas Rangers announced this afternoon that the club has placed right-handed pitcher Darren O’Day on the 60-day disabled list for surgery to repair a partial tear of the labrum in his left hip. To take O’Day’s place on both the the 25- and 40-man roster, the club has purchased the contract of right-handed pitcher Ryan Tucker (#59) from Triple-A Round Rock.
O’Day has gone 0-1 with a 2.45 ERA (2 ER/7.1 IP) in 8 relief appearances for Texas this season, including a scoreless ninth inning last night against Toronto. This is the first disabled list stint of his career. The first date he is eligible to be activated is June 27.
Tucker, 24, will be in uniform and available for tonight’s game against Toronto. Tucker has spent the entire season with Round Rock (AAA), going 1-1 with a save and 4.09 ERA (5 ER/11.0 IP) in 6 relief appearances. Opponents in the Pacific Coast League have batted .200 (7-35) with a home run, 3 walks, and 10 strikeouts. He earned the win in his last outing with the Express on Monday versus Oklahoma City, tossing 1.2 shutout innings (22 pitches).
Acquired from Florida in a waiver claim on October 6, the former supplemental first round draft pick went 0-2 with a 5.06 ERA (3 ER/5.1 IP) in 6 relief appearances for Texas this spring. The California native saw his only big league action with the Marlins in 2009, going 2-3 with an 8.27 ERA (34 ER/37.0 IP) in 13 games/6 starts. His last major league appearance was a relief outing on July 23, 2008 vs. Atlanta.
With these moves, the Rangers still have a full 40-man roster.