Texas Rangers right-handed pitcher Alexi Ogando has a strained right groin and has been placed on the disabled list. Left-handed pitcher Michael Kirkman has been recalled and could be a candidate to start in place of Ogando on Saturday, though the club has not determined who will start that night against the Houston Astros.
Ogando, 28, injured his groin as he attempted to beat out a bunt single in the fourth inning of Sunday’s 5-0 win over the San Francisco Giants. The Giants weren’t able to make a play on Ogando’s bunt, but he felt something in his groin as he ran hard to first.
"Right now it feels pretty bad," Ogando told reporters after the game. "I feel bad because of the situation we're in, but that's something that happens in baseball."
Ogando had an MRI on Monday to determine the severity of the injury. Ogando was starting because two other rotation members are on the disabled list: Derek Holland (shoulder, stomach ailment) and Neftali Feliz (strained elbow ligament).
Kirkman, 25, is 5-1 with a 5.25 ERA in 15 games (eight starts) for Round Rock this season. Over his last seven games (five starts) since May 6, Kirkman is 4-0 with a 3.38 ERA and opposing batters are hitting just .191 with 19 walks and 33 strikeouts. He had one scoreless inning of relief in his last outing, June 7 at Omaha.
Besides Kirkman, the Rangers could choose to move left-handed rookie Robbie Ross into the rotation. He pitched four innings and allowed one hit when Ogando came out of Sunday’s game with the groin strain.
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