Orioles claim O'Day off waivers from Rangers

Orioles claim O'Day off waivers from Rangers

Orioles claim O'Day off waivers from Rangers
The Baltimore Orioles claimed right-hander Darren O'Day on waivers from the Texas Rangers on Wednesday. The side-arming reliever has been added to the Orioles' Major League roster.

O'Day, 29, was limited to 16 games for the Rangers in 2011 due to hip and shoulder injuries. He was 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA in 16 2/3 innings.

O'Day is 8-5 with a 2.89 ERA in 186 Major League appearances. He has 148 strikeouts against 49 walks in 180 2/3 innings.

O'Day began his MLB career with the Angels in 2008, making 30 appearances and going 0-1 with a 4.57 ERA before joining the Mets the following season as a Rule 5 Draft selection. The Rangers claimed him on waivers on April 22, 2009, and he became an important member of their bullpen. He went 2-1 with a 1.94 ERA in 64 games that season and was 6-3 with a 2.03 ERA in a team-high 72 appearances in 2010.

A Jacksonville, Fla., native, O'Day opened the 2011 season with Texas but was on the 60-day disabled list from April 27 to July 1 after undergoing surgery to repair a partial tear of the labrum in his left hip. He returned to the DL from Aug. 25 through Sept. 12 with right shoulder inflammation. He was a combined 1-0 with a 2.53 in 18 games with Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Round Rock and was not activated for any of the three postseason rounds for the American League champion Rangers.

The Orioles now have 38 players on their 40-man roster. Right-hander Jake Arrieta, infielder Brian Roberts and outfielder Luke Scott were reinstated from the 60-day disabled list on Wednesday.

Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.