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Darren Oliver | Relief Pitcher

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (47) / 10/6/1970
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 200
Bats / Throws: Right / Left
Drafted: 1988 / Rd. 3 (0) / TEX

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Darren Oliver has been hired by the Rangers as a special assistant to general manager Jon Daniels.
Oliver retired from baseball last summer after spending 20 years in the major leagues. The left-hander got better with age, posting a 2.70 ERA over his final six seasons. He spent 10 of his 20 years in the Rangers organization. Thu, Apr 24, 2014 01:16:00 PM

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Darren Oliver has indicated that he would like to make one final start in Sunday's season finale against the Rays.

The 42-year-old southpaw has started just one game since the 2004 season, but broke into the league as a starter and has 229 of them under his belt for his career. While it would be a nice gesture in Oliver's final game, the Blue Jays have indicated that it will not be an option if the game holds any sort of playoff implications for the Rays.
Sat, Sep 28, 2013 08:44:00 AM

Blue Jays activated LHP Darren Oliver from the 15-day disabled list.

Oliver wound up missing a little over three weeks with a strained left shoulder. The veteran southpaw had a 3.18 ERA in 17 innings of relief before hitting the shelf.
Mon, Jun 10, 2013 11:03:00 AM

Darren Oliver (shoulder) will be activated from the disabled list Monday.

Oliver missed a little over three weeks with a left shoulder strain. He had a 3.18 ERA prior to the injury. The Blue Jays have optioned Thad Weber to Triple-A Buffalo in a corresponding move.
Sun, Jun 9, 2013 04:45:00 PM

Darren Oliver (shoulder) tossed a scoreless inning Wednesday in his first rehab appearance with High-A Dunedin.

Oliver will now move up to Triple-A Buffalo and, as long as he avoids a setback, he'll be activated on Monday. The veteran left-hander has been out since mid-May with a strained pitching shoulder.
Source: Toronto Sun
Fri, Jun 7, 2013 11:19:00 AM

Blue Jays placed LHP Darren Oliver on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 19 with a left shoulder strain.

Oliver has been dealing with the ailment for 7-10 and hadn't appeared in a game in nearly a week. He shouldn't be out long, but the Jays have decided to play things safe. Toronto still has two lefties in the bullpen in Aaron Loup and Brett Cecil.
Fri, May 24, 2013 10:59:00 AM

Darren Oliver said Thursday that he's been dealing with a sore pitching shoulder for the last 7-10 days.

Oliver has allowed a run in each of his last two appearances. When asked if he might need a DL stint, the lefty didn't dismiss the possibility. "I don’t know," he said. "I’m sure we’ll talk about it at some point." Consider him day-to-day for now.
Thu, May 23, 2013 11:07:00 PM

Darren Oliver has not allowed a run in four appearances.

Oliver got off to a rough start in 2013 but seems to be settling in. His ERA was 6.23 on April 14 and is now 3.00.
Thu, Apr 25, 2013 08:40:00 AM

Darren Oliver took a line drive off his left forearm on Wednesday and will need a couple days off.

Oliver only suffered a bruise. The veteran southpaw has allowed two earned runs in 3 1/3 innings this season.
Thu, Apr 11, 2013 11:54:00 AM

The Blue Jays announced Wednesday that Darren Oliver will be back with the club for the 2013 season.

The Blue Jays picked up Oliver's $3 million club option for 2013 in October, but the veteran left-hander indicated last month that he wanted a raise or a trade to the Rangers in order to come back for his 20th season in the big leagues. It appears that Oliver backed down, as he will return without a raise. The 42-year-old posted a 2.06 ERA and 52/15 K/BB ratio over 56 2/3 innings last season and should be a valuable late-inning arm for a team which is expected to contend in 2013.
Wed, Jan 16, 2013 03:08:00 PM

T.R. Sullivan of reports that while the Rangers have talked to the Blue Jays about left-hander Darren Oliver, a trade is unlikely to happen.

The Blue Jays picked up Oliver's $3 million option for 2013 earlier this winter, but his agent recently informed the club that his client will only continue his career if he gets a raise or a trade to the Rangers. With the Blue Jays not expected to give in to his demands, the 42-year-old left-hander may end up retiring. As of now, Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos is working under the assumption he won't be back.
Thu, Jan 10, 2013 05:29:00 PM

During an interview with Chris Toman of on Friday, Alex Anthopoulos said that he did not expect Darren Oliver to be with the Blue Jays on Opening Day.

Anthopoulos believes that the veteran left-hander will opt for retirement. Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports said Thursday that Oliver wanted to return in 2013, but not for the $3 million option that the Blue Jays have on him. Oliver has stated a desire to play for his hometown Rangers, so retirement isn't a foregone conclusion just yet.
Fri, Jan 4, 2013 11:17:00 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi report that Darren Oliver wants to return in 2013, but not for the $3 million option the Blue Jays have on him.

The report states that Oliver "would rather retire than be away from his family for a salary that is well below market value." The Jays, though, reportedly are "over budget and unwilling to extend their payroll further." Oliver's wife and two sons live in Dallas, and the veteran left-hander would be willing to accept a trade to the Rangers, who he played for in 2010 and 2011. The 42-year-old produced a 2.06 ERA and 52/15 K/BB ratio over 56 2/3 innings this past season.
Thu, Jan 3, 2013 06:14:00 PM

According to's Gregor Chisholm, Darren Oliver is still leaning towards retirement.

The Blue Jays exercised Oliver's 2013 option in late October, but aren't expecting to hear a final decision from him until next month. There's been speculation that he'll either request a trade to the Rangers or retire. Oliver, 42, posted a 2.06 ERA and 52/15 K/BB ratio over 56 2/3 innings this past season. He'll make $3 million next year if he decides to return with the Jays.
Sun, Dec 23, 2012 08:16:00 PM

Darren Oliver has not decided whether he will play in 2013 or retire.

The Blue Jays exercised Oliver's $3 million option for 2013 in late October, but he's still mulling over his future. There's been some speculation that he would return if the Blue Jays traded him to the Rangers, as he has a home in the Dallas area, but the veteran southpaw has not asked for a trade. The 42-year-old posted a 2.06 ERA and 52/15 K/BB ratio over 56 2/3 innings this past season.
Wed, Dec 5, 2012 03:38:00 PM

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