ARLINGTON -- Rangers left-hander Kenny Rogers, the American League leader in ERA, will miss his scheduled start Tuesday against the Angels because of a fractured bone in his non-throwing hand.
Rogers, who is 9-3 with a 2.46 ERA, fractured the fifth metacarpal bone in his right hand by hitting a water cooler in the home dugout following an outing against Washington on June 17. Against the Nationals, Rogers allowed eight hits and one run in 6 1/3 innings for the win.
"That's baseball and that's the way it is sometimes," Rangers general manager John Hart said. "I think Kenny had the issue where he hurt the hand and he was fighting through it, but the pain was too much. We are going to make a couple of quick adjustments."
John Wasdin, who is 0-0 with a 1.38 ERA in 13 innings for the Rangers this season, will start in Rogers' absence.
The 40-year-old made his next scheduled start against the Angels, but lasted only 3 1/3 innings for a loss, a defeat that snapped a career-high nine-game winning streak. The Rangers were unsure if Rogers' injury had anything to do with the short outing.
"It's an emotional game," manager Buck Showalter said. "A lot of times you don't break a small bone. The good news is it's nothing serious enough to keep him out an extended period of time and he might even miss only one start. He wanted to pitch with it and felt like it wouldn't be a problem."
The Rangers were considering placing Rogers on the disabled list and not starting him in a game until July 8 against Toronto. His next scheduled start or the possibility of placing him on the disabled list has not been announced.
Initially, the Rangers respected Rogers' wishes to remain quiet about the injury, but the issue became public when the possibility of placing him on the disabled list became a serious option.
"It was after the start," Showalter said during Monday's pregame address. "That cooler down there."
Jesse Sanchez is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.