Rangers activate Nelson Cruz but hold him out of lineup

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The Rangers activated Nelson Cruz after a minimum 15-day stay on the disabled list Tuesday, but it’s safe to say they wouldn’t have done so if not for the September 40-man rosters.

Manager Ron Washington made it clear to the Dallas Morning News that Cruz’s hamstring isn’t yet 100 percent, and he’s expected to be limited to pinch-hitting duties for now.

“Today is the 15th day,” Washington said. “I’m not a hamstring guy that believes you come right off on the 15th day. We’re just going to have to give him some more days.”

So, essentially, Cruz was activated because there was no reason not to activate him.

The Rangers also activated reliever Darren O’Day after he was on the shelf for three weeks with right shoulder inflammation.  He’ll be available immediately, but he’s not expected to pitch in close games for the time being.  He’s probably a long shot to make the postseason roster should the Rangers win the AL West.

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.