Ian Kinsler may not be ready to return until September

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Rangers general manager Jon Daniels admitted yesterday that Ian Kinsler may not be ready to return from his strained groin until September, which is quite a change from the initial recovery timetable when he was placed on the disabled list last month.
In fact, Kinsler initially said he wanted to play through the injury and the Rangers told reporters it wasn’t considered serious, making it seem like a precautionary move done in part because of their comfortable lead in the division.
Instead, now Anthony Andro of the Fort Worth Star Telegram reports that Kinsler “likely won’t try to swing a bat for at least a week” and late-August seems like the current best-case scenario.

O’Day retires following 15 seasons for 6 major league teams

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ATLANTA (AP) Right-hander Darren O'Day, who posted a 4.15 ERA in 28 games with the Atlanta Braves in 2022, announced Monday he is retiring after 15 seasons for six teams in the major leagues.

O’Day said on his Twitter account “it’s finally time to hang ’em up.”

“The mental, physical and time demands have finally outweighed my love for the game,” O’Day said.

O’Day, 40, featured an unconventional sidearm delivery. He was 42-21 with a 2.59 ERA in 644 games, all in relief. He made his major league debut in 2008 with the Angels and pitched seven seasons, from 2012-18, for the Baltimore Orioles.

He posted a 4.43 ERA in 30 postseason games, including the 2010 World Series with the Texas Rangers.

O’Day also pitched for the New York Mets and New York Yankees. He pitched for the Braves in 2019-20 before returning for his second stint with the team last season. He became a free agent following the season.

He set a career high with six saves for Baltimore in 2015, when he was 6-2 with a 1.52 ERA and was an AL All-Star.