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Notes: Darren O'Day close to returning

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Rangers reliever Darren O'Day is in Arlington and doesn't expect to be heading back to Triple-A Round Rock any time soon.

The sidearmer has pitched multiple innings and back-to-back days and is just about ready to return. It could happen as early as Saturday or Sunday.

He feels he's over the hip issues and has fully rehabbed from surgery to repair a torn labrum. He 1-0 with a 2.84 ERA in 6 1/3 innings at Round Rock with 12 strikeouts and one walk.

"It's much better than I felt in the spring or any time this year," O'Day said. "I feel good."

O'Day said he was working on getting rid of some bad habits mechanically stemming from the hip issues.

"I was putting my pitches where I needed to down there," O'Day said. "The problem when I was hurting was that I wasn't consistent because I wasn't sure when it was going to hurt. My delivery was off. Now it's much better. I don't know when I'll get activated, but probably soon."

Other notes:

* Manager Ron Washington said he isn't going to tell Elvis Andrus how to slide, but the shortstop plans on sliding feet first for a little while as the sprained left wrist continues to heal.

* C.J. Wilson Racing made an appearance at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, including one of the team's Mazda MX-5s. Wilson's team is second in the standings at this point, hoping to vault to first following a race next weekend.