An MRI revealed acute inflammation in Alexi Ogando’s throwing elbow and he will be shut down for a minimum of three week’s according to the Rangers. The team doesn’t believe surgery will be necessary to repair the elbow.
Dr. Keith Meister performed the MRI and diagnosed existing wear and tear in the ligament in Ogando’s elbow.
“I’ve felt it a little bit for a while now, but the feeling was stronger after my last outing,” Ogando said through his translator Thursday.
Ogando was erratic with his pitches in his last outing Tuesday, and his average fastball velocity was the lowest it has been in his career. Each is a symptom of ligament damage.
The plan for Ogando is to completely shut down baseball activity for three weeks, and then reevaluate the elbow. The process for Ogando’s return to the major league pitching staff will be determined based on how he feels after those three weeks.
With fellow reliever Pedro Figueroa and 23-year-old starter Martin Perez sidelined for the season with Tommy John surgery, Ogando is relieved that his diagnosis wasn’t as severe.
“I feel happy because what they told me isn’t the worst news,” he said.
Ogando was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday. He will be shut down past the date on which he is eligible for a return from the DL, June 19th. Aaron Poreda, who was recalled from Triple-A to fill Ogando’s spot in the bullpen, was optioned to Round Rock again Thursday to make room for Tanner Scheppers.