ARLINGTON -- Rangers pitcher Alexi Ogando has acute inflammation in his right elbow and will be shut down from throwing for at least three weeks.
An MRI exam also showed some wear and tear in the elbow, though not enough to warrant surgery. The Rangers will re-evaluate Ogando in three weeks to determine the next course of action, but it appears as if the Rangers will be without their best power right-handed reliever for at least two months.
"It looks like my ligament has a little damage, but not much," Ogando said. "You have to take whatever happens. … I feel happy because what they told me wasn't the worst news."
Ogando, who is 2-3 with a 6.84 ERA in 27 games, was placed on the disabled list for the fourth time in the past two years. He was on the disabled list three times last season with elbow and biceps inflammation. Ogando said that he had been feeling a little something in the elbow for some time but that it really started bothering him in the eighth inning of Monday's game against the Orioles.
"I felt it strongly after the last outing," Ogando said. "You always want to give it 100 percent, but sometimes it doesn't happen. You just have to keep trying."
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