Another starter is headed to the disabled list for the Texas Rangers.
Alexi Ogando became the latest to join the DL on Thursday, coming down with right biceps tendinitis a day after he threw six innings of two-run ball at Oakland.
The Rangers recalled right-handed reliever Cory Burns from Triple A Round Rock, and will make another move Monday when they recall right-hander Josh Lindblom to start in Ogando’s spot against Oakland.
Ogando, who spent a month on the DL with a right groin strain last season, has gone 4-2 with a 3.08 ERA in nine starts. He pitched well Wednesday against the A’s, allowing two runs on four hits with one walk and three strikeouts over a six-inning, 92-pitch outing.
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But Ogando complained about the injury during the start, and the Rangers don’t want it to develop into anything more serious.
“It’s minor,” manager Ron Washington said. “He’s a starting pitcher and he takes on a big workload. Rather than let this drag on, we just decided we’re going to nip it in the bud and get it right so he doesn’t feel anything. Just keeping him from himself because he’ll take the ball and go out there.”
Ogando made the move from the bullpen to the rotation this off-season, and has logged 492/3 innings so far. He threw a career-high 169 innings in 2011, his last season as a full-time starter.
Ogando joins Opening Day starter Matt Harrison and Colby Lewis on the DL. So far, though, the Rangers have managed to sustain the injuries and went into Thursday’s game with a seven-game lead on Oakland in the American League West standings.
“That just means we’ve got pretty good depth around here,” Washington said. “Drama is something those guys in the clubhouse are used to. Adversity is something those guys in that clubhouse are used to. When it happens, the expectation is someone else has to step up.
“If you can’t step up, we’ll get somebody else to step up.”
Burns was in the mix for an Opening Day roster spot until the final day of spring, and provides another right-handed arm in the bullpen. He has pitched well with the Express, posting a 1.38 ERA over 14 appearances, with 18 strikeouts over 13 innings.
The Rangers preferred a right-hander over a left-hander — such as Neal Cotts who has a 0.86 ERA at Round Rock — for the weekend series because of the Tigers’ lineup and the makeup of the bullpen that already has three lefties.
“Cory’s a strike thrower with deception and the reports have been good,” president of baseball operations/GM Jon Daniels said.
Lindblom, meanwhile, has made a successful transition from reliever to starter. He has gone 4-0 with a 2.08 ERA over eight games, including seven starts, with the Express.
“Lindblom has been our most effective starter at Round Rock,” Daniels said. “He’s been able to use his four-pitch mix now when he didn’t really need it as a reliever. He seems to have taken to the starter role again after not having done so for a few years.”