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June 09, 2013

Alexi Ogando, Ian Kinsler and other injury updates

A couple more Rangers landed on the disabled list today.

Alexi Ogando will be making his second stint on the DL this season, this time going on with right shoulder inflammation. Ogando played catch early Sunday and said he felt better, but didn't know what route the Rangers would choose.

Ogando spent three weeks on the DL last month with right biceps tendinitis. Josh Lindblom has been recalled from Triple A Round Rock, and will start Monday against Cleveland assuming he doesn't pitch today.

Ogando's best role is now in question, as the team continues to have internal discussions whether he is best suited for the rotation or bullpen. Ogando made it to the AL All-Star Game in 2011 as a starter, spent last season in the bullpen and then returned to the rotation this season.

"That debate will continue to rage on," assistant general manager Thad Levine said. "We view Alexi as a championship pitcher and we need to put him in the best position and keep him healthy. We'll evaluate it from every angle. Right now, we view him as one of the five starting pitchers."

Michael Kirkman was also placed on the DL with a recurrence of skin cancer, and will begin radiation treatment shortly. The Rangers purchased the contract of right-hander Kyle McClellan to take his place.

Kirkman was originally diagnosed with the cancer in January of 2012, and went through four radiation treatments and believed it was in remission. However, during a routine examine, it had a recurrence about two millimeters from the original location.

"I probably see it as less of a thing than it is, other people see it as more than what it is," Kirkman said. "It’s kind of a blessing in disguise, take a step back, take a mental break. Hopefully be ready in a couple weeks."

Here are a few other injury updates:

* Second baseman Ian Kinsler has started baseball activities as he hit off a tee Saturday. He will continue to progress through more baseball activities, although a timetable for his return has not been set. "We're hopeful he has meaningful progress this week," Levine said.

* Reliever Joakim Soria threw a 30-pitch bullpen session Saturday in Arizona and will throw another one on Tuesday. If all goes well, he will travel to Texas and throw live batting practice later next week.

* Neftali Feliz is rehabbing well in Arizona, and has thrown off a half mound. The next step will be bullpen sessions, but his return is still August at the earliest.

* No date has been set for Colby Lewis to throw off a mound. He is still shut down after experiencing some soreness in the area of his right elbow.

-- Drew Davison


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