ARLINGTON -- The Rangers added right-handed pitcher Dustin Nippert to the World Series roster in place of reliever Alexi Ogando on Monday afternoon before their 3-1 loss in Game 5 of the World Series. Ogando was taken off the roster with a strained left rib cage muscle, an injury he sustained in Game 4 on Sunday night.
Nippert was the obvious choice over a list that included right-hander Scott Feldman and left-handers Matt Harrison and Clay Rapada. During the Fall Classic, the Giants employed a lineup that leans heavily to the right side.
"We needed a righty," manager Ron Washington said. "We have enough lefties."
Nippert joined a bullpen that included right-handers Mark Lowe and Darren O'Day, left-handers Michael Kirkman, Darren Oliver and Derek Holland and closer Neftali Feliz.
Entering Game 5, O'Day and Oliver remained the primary setup relievers in the late innings. Feliz was expected to be used for four or five outs if needed, and everybody else was on call.
The Rangers remained without right-handed setup reliever Frank Francisco, who has been sidelined since the end of August with a strained muscle in his right rib cage. He has been throwing throughout the playoffs but never came close to being an option. He and Ogando were the Rangers' main right-handed power relievers in front of Feliz for the final four months of the season.
"Francisco was just not getting better," Washington said. "He'd feel good one day and bad the next. He's just got to get rest. That's a big piece to not have them. But this game has no excuses."
Nippert was 4-5 with a 4.29 ERA in two starts and 36 relief appearances during the regular season. He was on the roster for the American League Division Series against the Rays and made one appearance, allowing two runs in one inning.