ARLINGTON -- Rangers infielder Michael Young went into Sunday's game needing two more hits to reach 2,000 for his career. Manager Ron Washington said he sees Young staying around to collect another 1,000 hits before his career is over.
"If he stays healthy, [he could hit 3,000]," Washington said. "This year, knock on wood, he's got the normal aches and pains, but if he stays away from missing time, Michael will figure out how to get 180, 200 hits every year. That's a thousand hits [more]. He still could pick up another 50, 60 before this year is over, then he only has to get . I think he's got a chance to. He's only 34, so he'll have to play roughly until his 40s. He doesn't look like he's slowing down."
There are 28 players who have reached at least 3,000 hits, and 24 are in the Hall of Fame. Derek Jeter was the last to reach the 3,000-hit level, earlier this season, and Craig Biggio (first eligible for election in 2013), Rafael Palmeiro and Pete Rose (ineligible) round out the four not currently in the Hall.
Young will likely be the 11th fastest player to reach 2,000 hits in his career since 1900. He went into Sunday having played in 1,620 games. Tris Speaker (10th) reached 2,000 hits in 1,602 games and Ted Williams (11th) did so in 1,638 games.
O'Day staying positive about roster situation
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers are expecting Alexi Ogando to return from paternity leave on Tuesday and pitch against the Mariners. That would likely mean a return to Triple-A Round Rock for reliever Darren O'Day.
O'Day was called up on Friday when Ogando had to return to the Dominican Republic.
"It's good to be back here," O'Day said. "It makes you want to be here. It makes you know where you want to be."
O'Day is a Major League reliever. He had a combined 1.84 ERA in 2009-10, the 16th lowest in the Major Leagues. He had a 2.03 ERA last season, the seventh lowest in the American League.
But he missed two months this season with a torn labrum in his left hip, and did not pitch effectively when he was activated off the disabled list July 2. The Rangers optioned him to Round Rock on July 14, and any chance of a quick and permanent return took a big hit when the Rangers acquired Mike Adams and Koji Uehara right before the Trade Deadline.
"[The trades] made me think I wouldn't be here until September," O'Day said. "If you get a chance to make the team better ... If I'm the general manager, I make the same trade. Obviously, it didn't put me in a good position, but that's part of the game."
He has a 3.11 ERA in eight appearances for Round Rock since being optioned on July 14.
"If you get sent down and feel sorry for yourself, you're going to get eaten alive," O'Day said. "I did in 2008 when I got sent down, and said I wouldn't do it again. This time I went down and pitched for a purpose. I had a couple of good years. I know I'm a good big league pitcher. It's where I belong."
Dropped ball a first for veteran Oliver
ARLINGTON -- With one out in the top of the seventh inning Saturday, Rangers manager Ron Washington brought on Darren Oliver to strand runners on first and third for starter C.J. Wilson.
Oliver dropped the ball. More specifically, it trickled out of his hand while he was idly spinning it. He was called for a balk and it allowed Ezequiel Carrera to score while Lou Marson moved into scoring position.
"It slipped out of my hand," Oliver said.
Oliver has been a professional pitcher ever since the Rangers drafted him in the third round of the 1988 First-Year Player Draft, but he said that not once in the preceding 24 years had something like that ever happened to him.
"You never know with baseball, anything can happen," Oliver said.
The runner who advanced to second ended up scoring on Michael Brantley's single later in the at-bat.
"I knew it was a balk, so you just say 'Oh well,'" Oliver said. "It just slipped out. It was crazy, it couldn't have happened when there was a guy on second base or first base or no one on, the guy had to be on third base. It's funny how it works out that way."
Gentry slated to make return on Monday
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers plan on activating outfielder Craig Gentry off the disabled list on Monday. He has been sidelined for two weeks after sustaining a concussion sliding head-first into second base during a July 24 game against the Blue Jays.
Gentry, going into Sunday's game, was 2-for-8 with a double in the first two of three medical rehabilitation assignment games at Triple-A Round Rock. He has played in 39 games with the Rangers and is hitting .265 with 14 runs scored and 12 stolen bases while splitting time in a platoon situation with Endy Chavez in center field. Despite his limited playing time, he is third on the Rangers with 12 stolen bases, and has not been thrown out once.
The Rangers will have to make room on the 25-man roster for Gentry and one option could be infielder Omar Quintanilla, who has only played in four games since being recalled from Triple-A on July 8. He will have to clear outright waivers before being sent back to Round Rock.
Tanner Scheppers was promoted to Triple-A Round Rock from Double-A Frisco. He had a 3.13 ERA in 23 innings pitched for the Roughriders.
With Alexi Ogando's trip to the paternity leave list, he becomes the third Rangers player to go on the list. The Rangers broke a three-way tie with the San Diego Padres and Philadelphia Phillies for most players sent to the paternity leave list. Ian Kinsler and Colby Lewis have also been on the list, which began this season.
Kinsler has been successful in 20 straight steal attempts, the longest streak in the American League.
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.