Reports on Twitter indicate that Texas Rangers righthanded pitcher Alexi Ogando had a CT scan today after reporting shoulder soreness after his start yesterday.
Ogando, who spent 2010 as a reliever, 2011 as a starter, moved back to the bullpen in 2012, and then returned to the rotation in 2013, has been on the disabled list twice this season, and has appeared in just six games, throwing 30.2 innings, since May 15.
Ogando allowed 4 runs, including 3 home runs, in 6.1 innings in yesterday's 4-1 loss.
The Rangers could re-arrange their schedule so that Ogando doesn't have to start again until Tuesday, August 20. However, the Rangers are not currently well-equipped to absorb the loss of a starting pitcher. Colby Lewis and Matt Harrison, who we were hoping would be back in August, have both been shut down for the season, Nick Tepesch is not due back until September, and Justin Grimm was traded to the Cubs. The leading candidates to replace Ogando would be Ross Wolf, who is currently the team's long reliever, and Josh Lindblom, who is in AAA Round Rock.
Some felt that Ogando was not a good fit as a starting pitcher, believing that his body would not be able to handle the increased workload. This season's struggles give more ammunition to those who believe he should be pitching out of the bullpen.