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Rangers' Ogando Likely To Miss Next Start

ARLINGTON (August 16, 2013) -- Right-hander Alexi Ogando likely will miss his next start for the Texas Rangers because of inflammation around a nerve in his right shoulder.

General manager Jon Daniels said Friday that Ogando is on medication that has eased some of the symptoms. But the pitcher could also have an injection that would keep him from pitching Monday against Houston.

Ogando had a CT scan on Wednesday, a day after throwing 73 pitches over 6 1-3 innings in a loss to Milwaukee. He complained of soreness in his shoulder after that, his fifth since coming off the disabled list.

Ogando (5-4) has been on the DL twice this season. He missed three weeks with right biceps tendinitis, then made only one start before going back on the DL with right shoulder inflammation.

Lance Berkman is back in the Texas Rangers' clubhouse, and still on the disabled list.

Berkman said Friday that he and team officials are re-evaluating his next step. He played four minor league rehab games in a five-day stretch before the scheduled day off for him Thursday.

Berkman has been out since July 7 with left hip inflammation and his sore right knee.

General manager Jon Daniels says Berkman ran well, even with the ongoing issues with his hip and surgically repaired knee.

Daniels says Berkman can help the Rangers. The question is if he can be in an everyday role.

Berkman has repeatedly said his concern is competing at his highest level possible to be a positive piece for the team.


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