BOSTON – Darren O’Day rejoined the Orioles for Wednesday night’s game. He arrived shortly after the Orioles took the field for batting practice about two hours before the game.
O’Day had spent the last few days in Sarasota, Fla. getting treatment for the numbness he felt in the two fingers of his right hand. He threw on Tuesday and it went well. When he reported to the Orioles spring training complex Wednesday morning without ill effects, he was allowed to rejoin the team.
“We wouldn’t bring him if we didn’t feel he was an option for us,” manager Buck Showalter said. “He said he feels good enough to pitch. He’s coming. It’s pretty simple this time of year. Yes or no.”
The sidearmer has been badly missed in the bullpen. He hasn’t pitched since Sept. 7.
O’Day’s name was on the lineup card though there was not a cubicle marked for him. Showalter said he had a space.
“That’s hard to say to Fenway because there’s not a lot of lockers. I think we had to move our third trainer out to make room for him,” Showalter said. “Darren could move in with me. I’d be OK with that. I’d be a good bunk mate.”