ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Texas Rangers right-hander Alexi Ogando was placed on the 15-day disabled list Thursday because of tendinitis in his right biceps.
The move came a day after Ogando (4-2, 3.08 ERA) allowed two runs over six innings in a victory at Oakland, in his ninth start of the season.
Manager Ron Washington said there were no issues with Ogando before or after the game in Oakland, and said he wasn't aware of the problem until he arrived at the ballpark Thursday.
Washington said the move was more precautionary because Ogando prefers to pitch through soreness. The manager said the flare-up probably was the result of an increased workload for Ogando, who went back to the bullpen last year after winning 14 games as a starter in 2011.
"Rather than let this drag on, we just decided that we were going to nip it in the bud and get it right," Washington said. "If he was still in the bullpen, it probably wouldn't have been an issue."
Ogando, who was scheduled to have an MRI, is on the disabled list for the second time in his career. He missed a month last season because of a strained right groin.
Texas recalled right-hander Cory Burns from Triple-A Round Rock, where he has spent all season. Burns' only major league action came last season with San Diego, when he was 0-1 with a 5.50 ERA in 17 relief appearances.
Burns will be in the bullpen, and Josh Lindblom is expected to take Ogando's turn in the rotation Monday.
Lindblom was acquired as a reliever when the Rangers sent Michael Young to Philadelphia in the offseason, but he's been starting at Triple-A Round Rock after a rough start in the Texas bullpen. Lindblom is 4-0 with a 2.08 ERA and 33 strikeouts in 43 1-3 innings at Round Rock after giving up 14 hits and seven runs in 10 1-3 innings with the Rangers.
"He's using his stuff extremely well, velocity coming back," Washington said. "It seems like when we decided to start him, things began to work better for him."