Coming off of an All-Star season in which he posted a 1.52 ERA and 5.86 K/BB as the Orioles' primary setup man, Darren O'Day struggled to regain his elite form in 2016. Bothered by hamstring and shoulder injuries, the 34-year-old missed significant time and was only able to toss 31 innings after throwing at least 60 innings in his previous four seasons. Even when he was on the mound, O'Day struggled to retire batters. His control was a major issue as he saw his BB/9 increase from 1.9 in 2015 to 3.8 in 2016. He also saw his HR/FB balloon from 7.2 percent to 17.1 percent. The righty finished the year 3.77 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 10 holds. With the offseason to rest up, O'Day is a good bet to rebound in 2017 as one of the Orioles' primary high-leverage relievers.
O'Day has overcome the hamstring and shoulder issues that led him to the DL twice last season, MASN Sports reports. O'Day, coming off one of the worst seasons in his eight-year MLB career, is a good bet to bounce back in 2017. Prior to last year's injury-plagued campaign, O'Day had logged 68-plus appearances and 62-plus innings in each of his first four seasons with Baltimore. During that span, the 34-year-old righty averaged 20 holds, six wins and three saves per season. A good spring would certainly boost owners' confidence, but either way O'Day should come at a nice value for league's that honor holds.
O'Day (shoulder) was activated from the disabled list on Sunday. After completing a simulated game Friday, O'Day proved to the team that he was ready to come off the DL. He'll return to the Orioles' bullpen, where he's built a 3.95 ERA and 1.32 WHIP over 30 games (27.1 innings).
O'Day (shoulder) threw a simulated game Friday and manager Buck Showalter said it went well, Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun reports. The sim game was the final test for O'Day and it sounds like he passed with flying colors. Showalter said that if O'Day responds well overnight, he will likely be activated Sunday or Monday. It's hard to imagine O'Day wouldn't return to the back-end mix right away even after the five-plus week layoff.
O'Day (shoulder) is on track to be activated from the disabled list Sunday or Monday, Roch Kubatko of MASN reports. O'Day through a simulated game Tuesday without issue, and is scheduled for one more Friday as the final step in his recovery. As long as he makes it through that session without issue, he will be added back to the roster either over the weekend or early next week.
O'Day (shoulder) could throw a simulated game Tuesday, Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun reports. His recovery from a rotator cuff strain has pushed well beyond the initial two-week estimate, but it appears O'Day is nearing a return to the active roster. If he continues to respond well to his side work and progresses to facing live hitters early next week, O'Day should make it back for the first part of the homestand.