BOSTON—Darren O’Day threw a simulated game, and after resting for two days, he’ll throw another on Friday, manager Buck Showalter said.
O’Day, who has missed more than half the season because of two stints on the disabled list, first for a strained hamstring, and most recently for a sore right shoulder.
“It went well today. Had a good sim game. He threw the ball well. You know what’s amazing? Not amazing, but you watch it from here, you watch it from the dugout, and then you get behind home plate, and you understand why he’s so successful,” Showalter said.
O’Day has thrown just 7 1/3 innings since June 1, and only 27 1/3 innings this season.
“It’s been a long time without him,” Showalter said. “Hopefully we’ll have him Sunday or Monday. That’s what the hope is. See how he feels tomorrow from today.”
“We want to see how he responds the day after. He’s not out of the woods, yet, but he’s very close, we hope. This is as close as we’ve gotten in a while. We’ve gotten a good return on it. I know there’s not a whole lot of games left. Just needs to follow a certain protocol physically to make sure there’s nothing…we plan on Darren being with us for a while, and we don’t want to do something that’s going to rush back and create another problem that could be averted,” Showalter said.
Showalter is pleased with how the bullpen has done without O’Day.
“We’ve been doing for quite a while. It’s been going on since, really June, so they’ve done a great job with it. Other guys have stepped up and hopefully it will bode well for us, post-Sunday, if we can get Darren back, but I think to me, sheds light on what a good job the other guys have done because it’s one of the better pitchers in the American League out of the bullpen; we haven’t had him. Sometimes people forget. We haven’t,” Showalter said.