The news keeps getting better for Rangers right-hander Shawn Tolleson. But it keeps getting worse for Ross Ohlendorf.
Tolleson is scheduled to pitch against the Dodgers on Sunday. He feels good after throwing 19 pitches in a light bullpen session Friday. Tolleson had tightness in his right forearm for more than a week which eventually required an MRI to check whether anything more serious was involved. The MRI showed nothing and team physician Dr. Keith Meister found nothing in a follow up exam.
Ohlendorf, however, is again battling a mild strain of his right groin. He’s been fighting it for over a week and went 10 days without pitching until throwing an inning Thursday against the Reds. The injury cropped up again and now Ohlendorf seems unlikely to be on the Rangers Opening Day roster.
Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine said Ohlendorf is likely to miss more time than the first occurrence of the injury.
“We feel as if Ross Ohlendorf had a very good spring. He solidified in our minds that he can help the 2015 Texas Rangers,” Levine said. “The fact that he has had reaggrevation of the same injury would suggest we need to give him a little bit more time to heal before we ask him to compete in a game and we’re going to do just that and evaluate where he is at that time.”
Ohlendorf has pitched well in five innings this spring. He has 11 strikeouts and with no runs allowed on just one hit.
“[The injury] doesn’t diminish our thought that he certainly has a strong chance to help our team in 2015,” Levine said. “Whether that’s Opening Day or down the road secondary.”
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