Ogando and Uehara ready to take on greater roles

Ogando and Uehara ready to take on greater roles

Ogando and Uehara ready to take on greater roles
ARLINGTON -- Rangers reliever Mike Adams is sidelined with a strained muscle in his right shoulder and may not be ready for the playoffs. That means Alexi Ogando and/or Koji Uehara will have to step up in a more prominent role as the Rangers go into postseason.

"That's what we're here for," Ogando said. "If somebody has an injury, we have to step up. If they call my name, I have to be ready.

Both Ogando and Uehara have overcome their own physical problems. Uehara was out from June 10 to Aug. 26 with a strained lat muscle in his right rib cage. But he has a 1.59 ERA in 14 games since coming off the disabled list and has retired 20 straight hitters going into Saturday. He has also not allowed a baserunner in his last eight appearances, the longest such streak in club history.

"It's getting a lot better," Uehara said, adding that his split-finger fastball "is working and the fear from not getting injured is going away."

Ogando was on the disabled list from June 11 to July 17 with a strained right groin muscle. He had a 2.08 ERA when he went down and has a 4.40 ERA since his return. He also had some soreness in his right biceps muscle earlier this month but he has pitched three scoreless innings over his last two games. He said he hasn't had any problems lately with the biceps.

Ogando was 2-0 with a 2.77 ERA in 13 postseason appearances last year. Uehara made three appearances in the first two rounds, allowing five runs in 1 1/3 innings, and was not on the World Series roster.

"I've forgotten about postseason last year," Uehara said. "I don't even think about it. I'd rather you not ask about it."