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August 16, 2013

Rangers GM Jon Daniels updates status of Ogando, Berkman, Feliz

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels spoke with reporters prior to tonight's game against the Mariners, and provided the following updates:

* Alexi Ogando's status is still to be determined. The right-hander underwent a CT scan on Wednesday, and results showed inflammation around a nerve on his right shoulder. The results were sent to Dr. James Andrews for an opinion, which is Ogando's choice. It's unrelated to the right shoulder inflammation that sidelined Ogando for six weeks earlier this season.

"He's been on medication and the symptoms have been better the last 24 hours," Daniels said.

Ogando is scheduled to start Monday against Houston, but Daniels admitted that doesn't look likely at this point. Ogando hasn't been ruled out, but "it's heading that way."

Daniels said the Rangers have discussed a possible replacement for Ogando should he miss Monday's start or land on the disabled list a third time this season. Ross Wolf would be the logical choice if Ogando doesn't need to go on the DL, or recalling Josh Lindblom from Triple A Round Rock would make sense.

Lindblom is scheduled to make his next scheduled start on Sunday.

As far as concerns about Ogando's ability to hold up in the rotation, Daniels said: "That's something we'll think about more in the off-season. I try to look at this way -- he was very good as a starter in 2011, and very good out of ‘pen [later in 2011]. He was OK out of the bullpen last year, probably not as dominant as we’ve seen in the past. [This year] he’s been a little more inconsistent. I'm not sure it’s the role, I know that’s a popular theory, but I’m not sure we really know that."

* Lance Berkman is back with the Rangers today, but will not be activated. The Rangers continue to have discussions about the most ideal role for Berkman down the stretch. He's played in four games on a medical rehabilitation assignment so far, but still feels soreness in his right knee and left hip.

Daniels said he feels Berkman can come back and contribute this season, but the question has become what role suits him best.

"Will his legs allow him to play everyday at a high level? Or is it a different role?" Daniels said. "Those are the things we're working through."

* Neftali Feliz, who had his rehab assignment delayed with triceps tendinitis, got through his bullpen session Thursday with no issues, and is expected to return to game action at some point soon.

-- Drew Davison

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