ARLINGTON -- Rangers right-hander Alexi Ogando will not make his start Monday due to inflammation around a nerve in his right shoulder. He received an injection Saturday to help deal with the issue.
Matt Garza, scheduled to start Tuesday, will now pitch Monday on regular rest due to Thursday's off-day, and the Rangers have not announced a starter for Tuesday. Rangers manager Ron Washington said the club has "three or four possible options" to make the spot start, including long reliever Ross Wolf.
"We'll see who gives us the best option where we don't hurt ourselves," Washington said.
The Rangers hope Ogando will miss just one start. He's already been on the disabled list twice this season with triceps tendinitis and shoulder inflammation in his right arm. He's 1-2 with a 4.68 ERA in five starts since he returned from the DL on July 23. Washington said it would be premature to pencil Ogando back into the rotation or as a reliever when he returns.
"We'll discuss it today and see what we have to do going into [Sunday], because he won't be starting," Washington said. "We'll see what type of decision we'll have to make."
Master Tesfatsion is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less