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Lindblom to start Monday's opener against A's


ARLINGTON -- The Rangers acquired Josh Lindblom from the Phillies this winter as a reliever, but when he did not make the team in Spring Training, the club sent him to Triple-A Round Rock to become a starter.

Lindblom has done well enough to merit a spot in the Rangers' rotation. Lindblom will replace Alexi Ogando, who was placed on the disabled list with right biceps tendinitis on Thursday, and start against Oakland on Monday.

Lindblom is 4-0 with a 2.08 ERA in seven starts and one relief appearance for Round Rock. In 43 1/3 innings, he has allowed 27 hits and 11 walks while striking out 33. He has the fifth lowest ERA in the Pacific Coast League and his 0.88 WHIP is the lowest in the league.

"He has thrown the ball extremely well," manager Ron Washington said. "He's using his stuff extremely well and his velocity is coming back."

The Rangers called up reliever Cory Burns on Thursday to help out in the bullpen for the Tigers series. Burns has a 1.38 ERA and eight saves for Round Rock. In 13 innings, he has allowed 12 hits and four walks while striking out 18.

"He has pitched extremely well," Washington said. "He's not overpowering, but he can spot the baseball and he's got an out pitch -- his changeup. We've got a few guys down there doing a good job. They've just got to wait their turn."

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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