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August 20, 2013

The latest on Alexi Ogando's situation

Alexi Ogando is headed to the disabled list for a third time this season with what the team lists as right shoulder inflammation.

Ogando missed six weeks earlier this season with right shoulder inflammation, although these two are unrelated. The latest setback is an inflamed nerve in Ogando’s shoulder, which wasn’t the case the first time around.

Ogando complained of soreness in his right shoulder after his start on Aug. 13, and the team was hopeful that he could avoid a DL stint. He has shown improvement after a cortisone injection in the area and oral medication, but not enough to keep him off the DL.

“No player if you ask wants to be on the DL,” Ogando said. “You want to compete, you want to help the team.

“The important thing for me is to be healthy.”

Multiple stints on the DL has raised questions whether Ogando is best suited for a bullpen role rather than a starting role. That, however, remains an unknown.

Ogando would prefer to stay in the rotation, and general manager Jon Daniels said there is no evidence that suggests the starting workload contributed to his injuries.

“I know it’s been speculated that starting may have caused some of it, but I don’t think we know that,” Daniels said.

Daniels said Ogando’s future role is to be determined, but he remains in the rotation for the time being. The goal is for Ogando to only miss two scheduled starts.

Travis Blackley has been tabbed as Ogando’s replacement, although the Rangers are monitoring any potential outside acquisitions they could make. Daniels doesn’t expect that to come to fruition, though.

“I am comfortable with what we’ve got, always looking around but I don’t anticipate anything,” he said. “There are a few guys who have cleared waivers but I’m not optimistic that there’s going to be the right fit between somebody we have interest in that is truly available at a price we think is worth it. So we are fully expecting to go with this group, and I don’t mean that in a negative way, we like our team.”

-- Drew Davison

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