MINNEAPOLIS -- Rangers manager Ron Washington had two close friends fired in two days. Thad Bosley was dismissed as the Rangers hitting coach on Wednesday and Bob Geren was let go as the Athletics manager on Thursday. Geren and Washington were on the Athletics coaching staff in 2003-06."I feel for Bob, he has a passion for baseball and a deep passion for being the manager of the Oakland Athletics," Washington said. "I know he's disappointed he couldn't move them farther but he's a great baseball man. As we move forward, he'll find another job." The Athletics finished second to the Rangers last season. But they went into Thursday's game with the White Sox having lost nine in a row, leaving them eight games out of first place in the American League West. Their biggest problem has been a pitching staff that has been clobbered by injuries. Dallas Braden, Brandon McCarthy, Brett Anderson, Tyson Ross and Andrew Bailey are among the pitchers that have been on the disabled list with the Athletics. "I always said Oakland had to stay healthy," Washington said. "When you have three or four pitchers on the disabled list, that's pretty tough. I thought they were ready to make a move or hang in there. But it's not over yet."
O'Day throws off mound during his recovery
MINNEAPOLIS -- Rangers reliever Darren O'Day is with the team on the current roadtrip as he continues to make progress in his recovery from left hip surgery.O'Day pitched off a mound for the first time on Wednesday and threw 26 pitches. The outing came just under six weeks after he underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left hip. "He's doing good," pitching coach Mike Maddux said. "He'll throw every other day and get into Spring Training mode. Then he'll throw live BP and do that two or three times. At that point he'll be re-evaluated and maybe go get some innings." O'Day had surgery on April 28. He is on the 60-day disabled list and is eligible to come off on June 26. He was supposed to be one of the Rangers' right-handed setup relievers after combining for a 1.94 ERA in 140 appearances over the past two seasons. But he had a 8.00 ERA in Spring Training and a 2.45 ERA in his first eight games of the season before deciding to have surgery. O'Day had been bothered by pain in his left hip for the past few years and had been pitching through it before finally deciding to have the surgery.
Feldman, Webb getting ready for games
MINNEAPOLIS -- Right-hander Scott Feldman, who is trying to return from off-season knee surgery, could pitch again in a Minor League game as early as Saturday.Feldman, who had the knee surgery on Nov. 3, has made two starts on rehab assignment, but the last was on May 24 for Round Rock. He allowed four runs in 5 2/3 innings and then was taken off rehab assignment because his knee was still bothering him. But he threw 66 pitches in the bullpen on Wednesday and it went well, according to pitching coach Mike Maddux. "He threw three sets of 22 pitches getting up and down, simulating a start the best we could in that environment," Maddux said. "He felt better with more stability in the knee. Hopefully, it will hold up and he can pitch through it." Brandon Webb, who hasn't pitched on rehab assignment since May 30, could be right behind Feldman. He's scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Saturday and if that goes well, he could start pitching in a game again. "We've got to get him going," Maddux said. Webb was the 2006 National League Cy Young winner and a 22-game winner for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2008 who hasn't pitched in the Major Leagues in over two years because of right shoulder surgery.
Elvis Andrus was caught stealing on Wednesday night. He had been successful on 19 straight steals to start the season, the longest such streak in Rangers history. Alexi Ogando is now 7-0 after beating the Tigers on Wednesday. The longest winning streak to start the season by a Rangers pitcher is nine by reliever Jeff Zimmerman in 1999. The Rangers are 6-12 this season when playing on the same night as a Mavericks NBA playoff game.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.