Ogando nursing bruised right hand

Ogando nursing bruised right hand

Ogando nursing bruised right hand
ARLINGTON -- Rangers reliever Alexi Ogando was likely unavailable for Monday's game against the Mariners with a bruised right hand. But Ogando said he expects to be ready on Tuesday.

Ogando had to come out of Sunday's game in the eighth inning after getting hit on the hand by a line drive off the bat of Toronto's Brett Lawrie. X-rays showed no fractures. Ogando was able to go out and play catch on Monday afternoon but said he probably needs one day of rest.

"It's good. ... It feels good," Ogando said before Monday's game. "One day off and I'll be back out there again tomorrow."

Ogando was replaced on Sunday by Yoshinori Tateyama, who finished the eighth inning and then pitched the ninth. It was the third straight game that Tateyama pitched, and the Rangers were hoping to give him a night off on Monday.

"His velocity was down, but the whole weekend our bullpen was taxed," manager Ron Washington said. "Normally we wouldn't do that to Tateyama, but we had to. He's never refused to take the ball. That's what I love about him. He never makes excuses. He gets after it."

Ogando is usually the Rangers' seventh-inning reliever in winning situations, but Washington is growing more confident that Koji Uehara can handle that role or any other handed to him. He has pitched 13 1/3 scoreless innings over his past 12 appearances.

"He's pitched extremely well," Washington said.