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August 17, 2013

Rangers notes: Alexi Ogando scratched from Monday's start

Alexi Ogando won't make his scheduled start on Monday after receiving a cortisone injection. It's still unknown if Ogando will need to go on the disabled list for his latest setback with an inflammed nerve in his right shoulder.

Matt Garza will start on regular rest Monday, and Tuesday's starter is to be determined. Ogando won't recover quickly enough to make that start, which leaves the Rangers with options such as long man Ross Wolf, or Triple A starters Josh Lindblom and Travis Blackley.

Manager Ron Washington said it was "premature" to say whether Ogando would return to the rotation or bullpen at this point when he's deemed healthy.

Here are a few other notes:

* Neftali Feliz, recovering from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery and dealing with mild triceps tendinitis, is scheduled to resume his medical rehabilitation assignment tonight, and make a relief appearance with Triple A Round Rock.

* Nick Tepesch, on the DL with right elbow inflammation, threw a 25-pitch bullpen session Friday, and will throw another one on Monday. Tepesch said he felt good in the bullpen session, throwing only fastballs and changeups.

* There are still no set plans for designated hitter Lance Berkman. He is on the disabled list with left hip inflammation, and the plan appears to be to wait and activate him on Sept. 1 when rosters expand. The Rangers are hesitant to go to a six-man bullpen or designate infielder Adam Rosales for assignment again. The team doesn't have any utility infield candidates in the minor leagues to call up on Sept. 1, which makes Rosales attractive to keep.

-- Drew Davison

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