Rangers notes: Alexi Ogando questionable for Monday’s start

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Alexi Ogando is the latest to join the Texas Rangers’ ever-growing injury report.

Ogando had his bullpen session cut short on Friday because of biceps soreness, and he is questionable to make his scheduled start Monday against the Cleveland Indians.

“I felt it a little bit [in my bullpen],” Ogando said.

Ogando spent about three weeks on the disabled list with right biceps tendinitis last month and has made only one start since being activated. He allowed one run on three hits over 5 2/3 innings against Boston on Wednesday.

With Ogando’s start in question and the bullpen taxed after an 18-inning game Saturday, the Rangers scratched Josh Lindblom from his scheduled start Saturday for Triple A Round Rock.

Depending on Ogando’s situation, Lindblom could be held back as a spot starter for Monday. Or he could join the team Sunday and provide a fresh arm in the bullpen. Kyle McClellan is another option to reinforce the bullpen.

The Rangers have not made an official move yet.

Draft recap

The Rangers selected 41 players over the three-day First-Year Player Draft, using 27 of the picks on pitchers. They took 20 right-handers, including top overall pick Chi Chi Gonzalez out of Oral Roberts, and seven left-handers.

They also took six outfielders, four infielders and four catchers.

“We feel very good, obviously very tired after those three days,” said Kip Fagg, the Rangers’ director of amateur scouting. “It’s a long, grueling process, but we got a lot of guys that we identified early.”

The Rangers took 26 college players and 15 high school players. Among the more notable selections on Day 3 was shortstop Sheldon Neuse out of Keller Fossil Ridge in the 38th round.

It’s unlikely that Neuse will forgo his scholarship to Oklahoma, but Fagg said the team has gotten to know Neuse well.

“Very good player,” Fagg said. “We sure like him as a person and a player.”

Other interesting tidbits from the draft include:

• The Rangers selected twin brothers David and Joseph Ledbetter, both right-handed pitchers. David was a third-round pick, while Joseph was a 19th-rounder.

• Cole Wiper, a right-hander selected in the 10th round out of Oregon, had Tommy John elbow surgery about 14 months ago and only threw 12 2/3 innings. Fagg, however, said the team is hopeful to sign the draft-eligible redshirt freshman.

• Right-hander Travis Dean was picked for the second straight year by the Rangers. They chose him in the 22nd round last year and the 26th round this year.

Standings watch?

Nobody is paying too much attention to the standings in the Rangers’ clubhouse, but they are aware the A’s have moved in front of them.

The swap happened Friday when the Rangers fell to the Blue Jays and the A’s beat the White Sox to take a half-game lead. The Rangers enjoyed a seven-game lead on May 15, but went 11-10 the next 21 games while the A’s went 18-3.

“You can’t win anything in June, but it’s no secret the A’s are hot,” closer Joe Nathan said. “They are a streaky team and can go on a stretch like they are on. Obviously we’d rather them not be this hot, but they’re in a stretch right now where they’re playing really good baseball.”

The Rangers had been atop the American League West standings since April 20 and had spent 51 days overall this season with at least a share of the division lead.

“We’re going through a little tailspin and they’re playing pretty good baseball,” manager Ron Washington said. “They caught us, but I don’t think it really matters until you get into September.”

Briefly

• Reliever Joakim Soria, recovering from Tommy John elbow surgery and a strained pectoral muscle, threw a 30-pitch bullpen session Saturday in Arizona and will throw another Tuesday. If that goes well, he’ll travel to Texas to throw a live batting practice session.

• Elvis Andrus lost his lead in the latest All-Star Game balloting update, as J.J. Hardy of the Orioles passed him in the AL shortstop voting. Hardy has about 185,000 more votes than Andrus. Lance Berkman remains in second at designated hitter behind Boston’s David Ortiz, while Ian Kinsler (second base) and Adrian Beltre (third base) are third at their positions.

• The Indians placed right-hander Zach McAllister on the disabled list Saturday, which will shuffle their rotation when they come to Texas on Monday. Scott Kazmir will start the series opener followed by Corey Kluber and Ubaldo Jimenez.

Drew Davison, 817-390-7760 Twitter: @drewdavison

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