Posted: Aug 16, 2013 5:35 PM
Updated: Aug 16, 2013 5:44 PM
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Right-hander Alexi Ogando likely will miss his next start for the Texas Rangers because of inflammation around a nerve in his right shoulder.
General manager Jon Daniels said Friday that Ogando is on medication that has eased some of the symptoms. But the pitcher could also have an injection that would keep him from pitching Monday against Houston.
"More than likely based on the information we have, it's headed that way," Daniels said. "It's a possibility that he would only miss that one start. It's too early to say just yet."
Ogando had a CT scan on Wednesday, a day after throwing 73 pitches over 6 1-3 innings in a loss to Milwaukee. He complained of soreness in his shoulder after that, his fifth since coming off the disabled list.
The Rangers sent copies of the scan to Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion.
If Ogando is going to miss just one start, he probably will avoid another DL stint. He has already been on the disabled list twice this season.
The easiest option for the Rangers for a starter Monday night could be right-hander Ross Wolf (1-3, 3.89 ERA), who has made three starts this season among his 18 games. That could depend on Wolf is needed out of the bullpen during the weekend series against Seattle.
Ogando (5-4, 3.47 ERA in 15 starts) missed three weeks with right biceps tendinitis, then made only one start June 5 before going back on the DL with right shoulder inflammation.
Daniels said this inflammation around the nerve is different from that issue that had him on the DL for more than seven weeks until he was reinstated July 23. There is also no indication that there is any structural damage to the shoulder.
Ogando has been a reliever and starter for the Rangers. He made his major league debut in 2010 with a 1.30 ERA in 44 relief appearances. He was 13-8 and an All-Star as a starter in 2011 before going back to the bullpen last season, when he was 2-0 with a 3.27 ERA in 58 appearances.
The DL stints this season have raised questions about if Ogando can hold up as a major league starter.
"That's something we'll think about more in the offseason," Daniels said. "I try to look at it this way, he was very good as a starter in 2011, then he was very good out of the pen. ... I'm not sure it's the role. I know that's a popular theory, but I'm not sure we really know that."
Notes: Daniels said RHP Neftali Feliz, who has been out all season recovering from Tommy John surgery, felt good after a bullpen session Thursday. "We'll get him back in a game shortly," Daniels said.