The Rangers could get Matt Harrison back before the All-Star break

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Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that Rangers lefty starter Matt Harrison could return to the rotation in the week ahead of the All-Star break. As a result, that would allow the club to grant a respite to the rest of the rotation, which includes Colby Lewis, Nick Martinez, and Wandy Rodriguez.

Harrison, 29, had spinal fusion surgery last June and has been recovering ever since. He has made four rehab starts with Triple-A Round Rock and one with Double-A Frisco, compiling an aggregate 6.59 ERA with a 15/11 K/BB ratio in 28 2/3 innings. Harrison struggled in his most recent appearance, with Frisco, as he allowed five runs and complained of an inability to get loose during the game.

Harrison’s schedule ahead includes a light bullpen session on Sunday and a rehab start with Round Rock on Wednesday.

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.