Alexi Ogando has acute inflammation and “old wear and tear” in his right elbow and will be shut down from throwing for at least three weeks. For now, it appears that Ogando won’t require surgery.
“I have to feel happy for myself,” Ogando said of the diagnosis. “This is something old they’ve seen that I had before.”
That’s better news than Martin Perez and Pedro Figueroa received earlier this season, as each had to undergo Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery.
Ogando, 30, was placed on the disabled list Wednesday after complaining about elbow soreness. He allowed three of four batters faced to reach during a one-third of an inning outing on Tuesday.
It’s been a struggle for most of the season for Ogando, who posted a 6.84 ERA over 27 appearances. Ogando has felt the elbow soreness a little bit for a while now, but it affected him most during his Tuesday appearance.
He didn’t blame his elbow issues on his performance, though.
“You always try to give 100 percent of yourself,” he said. “You try the best all the time but sometimes it doesn’t happen. If it doesn’t work the first time, you have to try again the next time and forget about the other ones.”
The Rangers should be able to minimize the void left by Ogando with another power right-hander, Tanner Scheppers, joining the bullpen. The team activated Scheppers off the DL before tonight’s game.