Rangers notes: Alexi Ogando has CT scan on right shoulder

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Alexi Ogando could become the latest blow to the Texas Rangers’ rotation.

The right-hander went for a CT scan on his right shoulder Wednesday afternoon after complaining of shoulder soreness. Results will not be known until Thursday, but Ogando has dealt with injuries all season.

He spent six weeks on the disabled list from June 9-July 23 with right shoulder inflammation, and also missed a month earlier this season with right biceps tendinitis.

Ogando has made five starts since coming off his second DL stint, and went 6 1/3 innings in his last start Tuesday.

The Rangers found out that Colby Lewis wouldn’t return for the season last week, and announced Tuesday that Matt Harrison would also not return this season.

If Ogando needs to miss a start, the Rangers could look to Ross Wolf for a spot start. Their options at Triple A include Josh Lindblom, Evan Meek and Jake Brigham.

Texas acquired left-hander Travis Blackley from Houston for cash considerations Wednesday with intentions of stretching him out as a starter. But Blackley will need time to get stretched out after pitching solely in a relief role this season.

He had a 4.89 ERA over 42 outings with the Astros, but made 15 starts with the A’s last season.

“He’s been a big-league starter and he’s had some success, certainly against us,” Rangers manager Ron Washington said. “The way our starting pitchers have been dropping, we were very lucky to be able to get a guy like that.”

Forgettable season

Matt Harrison had a memorable 2012 season that included his first All-Star nod and led to a long-term contract extension in the off-season. He was named the Opening Day starter this season, but made only two starts before undergoing a pair of back surgeries in late April and early May.

Harrison felt he might be able to recover quickly enough to pitch again this season, but he has been shut down for what he called a “forgettable” season. His back still isn’t 100 percent, which caused elbow pain.

“This is more frustrating than anything,” Harrison said. “I’m not mad because I knew I did everything possible to get back. I felt like I was 100 percent, and I guess my back was just not really ready for game speed.”

Berkman close?

The Rangers aren’t going to rush Lance Berkman back to the big leagues. Whenever he deems himself ready, they’ll make a decision on when to activate him off the disabled list.

The 37-year-old designated hitter, sidelined with left hip inflammation, played in his fourth rehab game Wednesday at Double A Frisco. He went 0 for 1 with two walks, and is 4 for 11 (.364) over four games. He could be ready by Friday, but the Rangers haven’t made a decision yet.

“We’ll see how he feels after this and make another call,” Ron Washington said. “We’ve got to leave him in the process. If we think he’s ready, we’ll make a call. If that’s tomorrow, we’ll make a call.”

When the Rangers do make the call, they will have an interesting decision to make. They have talked about possibly going to a six-man bullpen when Berkman returns, and hoping that is enough to get them to Sept. 1 when rosters expand.

Or they could designate infielder Adam Rosales for assignment again, and risk losing him on another waiver claim. But Rosales is an attractive player to keep in the organization with no clear-cut utility infielders in the farm system to call up on Sept. 1.

Briefly

• The Rangers game on Aug. 31 against the Twins will keep its 7:05 p.m. start time. That’s the same night TCU and LSU open the college football season at Cowboys Stadium with a start time of 8 p.m. Rangers officials said there is enough parking in the area to accommodate both events.

• The Rangers have partnered with a fan experience technology company to deliver seat upgrades for home games. Fans can go to texasrangers.com/upgrade for more information.

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

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