Alexi Ogando is the latest Texas Ranger to land on the disabled list.
The team placed the right-hander on the DL with right elbow inflammation Wednesday after he complained about it following his outing Tuesday. He becomes the Rangers’ major league-leading 18th DL victim this season. Texas currently has 13 players on the DL.
Ogando had yet to be examined by team physician Keith Meister when the team placed him on the DL, and manager Ron Washington said it was too early to tell the extent of the injury. The earliest Ogando could be activated is June 19.
Ogando allowed three of four batters he faced Tuesday to reach in one-third of an inning and said afterward that he “couldn’t find the strike zone and my pitches were going everywhere.”
Ogando, 30, had three stints on the DL last season, although none were related to his elbow. He has had a rough season, posting a 6.84 ERA over 27 appearances.
The Rangers recalled left-hander Aaron Poreda to take Ogando’s spot. It’s Poreda’s second stint with the club as he went 2-0 with a 3.38 ERA over 15 appearances between April 18-May 27.
Asked why Poreda got the nod over other options, Washington said: “Poreda didn’t do anything to leave here, so an opportunity presented itself for him to get back and he’s back.”
Tanner Scheppers didn’t need many words to describe how his stuff felt during a six-pitch scoreless inning Tuesday at Double A Frisco.
“Like I’m ready to pitch in the big leagues,” he said.
But Scheppers will have to wait another day or two before he’s activated. He remains on the disabled list with right elbow inflammation.
“Schepp will be back soon,” Washington said. “I don’t know when, but he’ll be back soon.”
Another bullpen option who appears to be closer to his old form is Neftali Feliz, who has strung together three consecutive scoreless outings at Triple A Round Rock.
More rest for Elvis
Elvis Andrus didn’t know why he was given Wednesday off. The team just had an off day Monday and Andrus sat out last Thursday’s game in Minnesota.
What was the reason?
“I thought he just looked a little sluggish, so I wanted him to catch up,” Washington said. “He’ll be back in there [Thursday].”
Andrus has started 57 of the 59 games at shortstop and has been struggling at the plate of late, going 4 for his last 23 (.174). He also admitted that his season has not gone how he’d hoped at this point.
“For sure not the best, but it’s still a long ways to go,” Andrus said. “I feel good, I feel healthy and I still believe in myself and my skills that I will have a great season. Nothing to worry about, just keep playing hard.”