O'Day is back, numbness in fingers gone

O'Day is back, numbness in fingers gone
September 19, 2013, 6:00 pm

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BOSTON – Darren O’Day had an easier day on Thursday than he had the day before. After reporting to Sarasota, Fla., he was given the go-ahead to rejoin the Orioles, and he flew to Boston and arrived about two hours before the game.

O’Day hasn’t pitched since Sept. 7 due to numbness in fingers of his right hand. He wasn’t used in Wednesday’s 12-inning game, but manager Buck Showalter says he’s ready to pitch on Thursday.

“I don't have any pain when I throw. That was the problem. I had pain in my fingers when I was throwing. It's a lot better. Threw a pretty normal bullpen the other day, and considering the time of the year, that's a quick comeback, but I feel confident that I can pitch well," O’Day said.

The fingers had been bothering him for some time.

“Three weeks to a month, probably. Just small stuff. Little things. Over the course of a season, little things hurt and go away, so you give it time to do that. But mine got progressively worse and we had to do something about it,” O’Day said.

O’Day was diagnosed with “kind of carpal tunnel, compression of the nerve in the wrist. And the same tendon was irritated and causing discomfort in my middle finger,” he said.

“We didn't know what it was. The medical staff did a good job of looking at the most serious stuff first - blood clot, stuff like that - and we got right on top of that. That was all clear, which was good. Then, it just kind of became a mystery. Stayed persistent and figured out what it was and it feels better now.”

O’Day admitted that the condition was extremely worrisome.

"Obviously, you don't want to think anything serious. It's a long life. We have a long life. We play baseball for maybe a quarter of that, at the most. You've got to worry about the important stuff first," O’Day said.

‘If it were early in the season, I'd probably need a rehab appearance or something, but it's September. I've been pitching for six months now. It's go time, an important time, so you've got to be ready to go."