Rangers Ogando out 4-6 weeks
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Alexi Ogando got back in the Texas Rangers rotation filling the spot of an injured starter. After three perfect innings, the right-hander is on the disabled list himself with a strained right groin.
Ogando was placed on the 15-day DL on Tuesday, two days after he got hurt running to first base on a bunt single at San Francisco. He is expected to be out four to six weeks.
``It was a little more significant than we expected to see,'' general manager Jon Daniels said.
Ogando was an All-Star last year when he won 13 games as a starter, but returned to the bullpen this season. He made his first start Sunday in place of left-hander Derek Holland, who is on the disabled list with shoulder fatigue.
After not making a player move the first six weeks of the season, the AL West-leading Rangers now have three injured pitchers. Neftali Feliz was put on the disabled list May 21 with inflammation in his right elbow.
Left-hander Michael Kirkman was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock to take Ogando's roster spot.
``We have to weather the storm. That's part of the reason we added (Roy) Oswalt, you can never have enough pitching,'' Daniels said. ``Fortunately, none of the (injuries) are significant. The silver lining, the guys get forced rest, a forced period of inactivity right now. Maybe that will make them stronger.''
Ogando, 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA in 34 2-3 innings, was scheduled to get a blood platelet injection Tuesday to help facilitate a potentially quicker recovery.
Oswalt, a three-time All-Star, signed a minor league deal with Texas on May 29. The right-hander was scheduled Tuesday night to make his third of what was expected to be at least four minor league starts, this one for Double-A Frisco.
Daniels said he expected to have an announcement ``in a couple of days'' on who would start Saturday night's home game against Houston.
Kirkman (5-1, 5.25 ERA) could be a possibility, as could rookie lefty Robbie Ross, who pitched four scoreless innings after Ogando came out Sunday. But Kirkman has made all 29 of his major league appearances out of the bullpen, and could be needed for long relief.
It wasn't clear if the injuries might accelerate Oswalt moving into the Rangers rotation.
``We'll evaluate it after (Tuesday night at Frisco),'' Daniels said. ``Nothing has changed. It's predicated on how he's doing, how he's feeling. We want to make sure he's 100 percent ready to come up, both from his arm, and his conditioning. We want to make sure, we saw with Ogando, you never know, we want to make sure he's 100 percent ready to go when we bring him up.''
The earliest Holland can return is June 21. He is rebuilding his strength after dealing with a stomach virus that has caused him to lose about 15 pounds in about two weeks.
Feliz was expected to not pick up a baseball for four weeks, when he was put on the disabled list, and that time is almost done. Daniels said the hard-throwing right-hander saw Dr. Lewis Yocum when the Rangers where in Los Angeles and will be re-examined later this week by Rangers team Dr. Keith Meister.
Daniels said what was initially thought to be a sprained ligament might have been an older condition ``not atypical for anybody that pitches.'' He said Feliz has seemingly recovered from that and could begin a throwing program as early as next week.