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Ogando's pitching hand OK after line drive

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers finally got a piece of good news concerning injuries.

Right-handed reliever Alexi Ogando is OK with nothing more than a bruise after being struck on his pitching hand with a line drive off the bat of Brett Lawrie in Saturday’s 4-2 loss to Toronto.

“He got the ball on the palm of his hand,’’ said Rangers manager Ron Washington.

The manager said he’ll refrain from using Ogando for Sunday’s 2:05 start in the series finale against Toronto, “but he should be ready for Tuesday.’’

The Rangers begin a two-game series against American League West foe Seattle at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday at Globe Life Park.

Ogando walked the first two batters he faced before being struck by what turned out to be an infield hit for Lawrie.

It has been a struggle of late for Ogando, a mainstay of the pitching staff in various roles since 2010. He has been touched for nine earned runs in his last five innings and his ERA has climbed to 7.64.

Washington said pitch location has been Ogando’s problem. “Not putting the ball where he wants to put it. It’s a normal thing for pitchers,’’ the manager said. Neither velocity nor slider movement is an issue.

In five seasons, Ogando is 27-15 with a 3.32 ERA.

Prince Fielder: There will be 15,000 Fielder bobbleheads presented to fans at today’s game. But the man himself will not be at Globe Life Park. Washington has given Fielder a pass since he wasn’t going to be able to play, anyway. The first baseman on Saturday received an injection for a herniated disc in his neck and missed last night's 4-2 loss to Toronto, snapping a streak of 547 games played.

Rougned Odor: The Rangers second baseman was a late lineup scratch because of a sore right wrist. Luis Sardinas replaces him and will bat ninth.

Daniel Robertson: In a roster move before the game, Robertson, a 28-year-old outfielder, was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock. To clear a spot, right-handed reliever Miles Mikolas was sent to Round Rock.

Elvis Andrus: The Rangers shortstop is hitless in his last 27 at-bats with runners in scoring position. Said Washington: “Elvis is not an RBI guy. It would help if he could pick up some of those runs. But his game is to get on base and score.’’