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Friday, June 6, 2014

Rangers Injury Updates: Alexi Ogando, Tanner Scheppers

By on 6/06/2014 10:47:00 AM

The Texas Rangers moved back to the .500 mark at 30-30 with an 8-6 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday. They are staying within striking distance of the top teams in the division despite a pitching staff that is 27th in the league in ERA. The Rangers could use some arms to bolster the staff. There is some mixed news on the injury front regarding two injured pitchers, Tanner Scheppers and Alexi Ogando. Scheppers has been activated, while Ogando has been shut down. 

I reported on June 4 that Scheppers was send to Double-A Frisco for rehab games. At Frisco, he allowed two hits, an unearned run, walked one and struck out one. Scheppers struggled in three rehab games at Triple-A Round Rock, allowing five earned runs, seven hits and three home runs in 3 2/3 innings.

According to T.R. Sullivan at, the Rangers have activated Scheppers and sent pitcher Aaron Poreda to Triple A Round Rock. Scheppers has been on the disabled list with inflammation in his right elbow. He will be in the bullpen.

Scheppers has struggled in five games for the Rangers this season, allowing 28 hits, four home runs and 20 earned runs in 19 1/3 innings.   The 27-year old has a career record of 7-4 with a 3.68 ERA in 119 games.

Our own Rose Ingberman reported that Ogando was placed on the disabled list with inflammation in his right elbow.  Sullivan also provided an update on Ogando, reporting thatn an MRI showed some ligament wear and tear but not enough to require surgery.  Ogando will be re-evaluated in three weeks. At that time, the Rangers will determine their next course of action.  Once Ogando starts throwing, it could take another three to four weeks before he's ready to return to the Rangers.

Ogando is in his fifth Major League season. An All-Star in 2011, Ogando has struggled in 27 games this season. He's allowed 33 hits and 15 walks in 25 innings. His ERA is a dismal 6.84.  In 183 career games, Ogando has a record of 28-16 with a 3.35 ERA.

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