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Friday, November 21, 2014

Rangers Injury Update: Alexi Ogando, Tomas Telis

By on 11/21/2014 11:00:00 AM

The Texas Rangers were hampered with a significant number of injuries this past season, which lead to a dismal 67-95 record. Only four position players appeared in over 125 games and no pitcher made 30 or more starts. Hoping to get healthy in time for Spring Training, there is some news on the injury front regarding pitcher Alexi Ogando and outfielder Tomas Telis .

As reported by T.R. Sullivan of, Ogando is progressing slower than the Rangers had hoped  in recovery from elbow problems that shortened his 2014 season. The team was hoping he'd be ready to throw in the Dominican Winter League, but that isn't the case.

With the non-tender deadline approaching, the Rangers want to keep Ogando, although his status is uncertain.  Assistant general manager Thad Levine said there are two issues regarding Ogando.
"One is we have to make a certain decision on him in a timely fashion, and the more information we have, the better. On the other side, we have a long history with him and we respect the fact that he doesn't feel he is ready. We'll continue to monitor his progress. Our plan has always been to retain [him], but we'll continue to evaluate that as we get closer to the date, as far as the information we have on his rehab."
Ogando, a five-year Major League veteran, was 2-3 high a 6.94 ERA this past season. He allowed 33 hits in 25 innings, with 15 walks and 22 strikeouts. In 183 career games, which includes 48 starts, Ogando is 28-16 with a 3.35 ERA.

As for Telis, Jeff Wilson, who cover the Rangers for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, tweeted the following about his status.
Telis, a 23-year old from Venezuela, played in 18 games this past season with the Rangers. He hit .250 with two doubles and eight RBI in 68 at bats.  In seven Minor League seasons, Telis has a batting average of .291 with 31 home runs and 306 RBI.

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