ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 20: Alexi Ogando #41 of the Texas Rangers pitches in the seventh inning during Game Two of the MLB World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on October 20, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Hours after we talked about Wednesday afternoon's series-clinching win on the road in Oakland, thanks to a solid effort turned in by Texas Rangers starting pitcher Alexi Ogando, the Rangers starter was placed on the disabled list with biceps tendinitis.
Though Ogando's velocity was down a tick in Wednesday's game, a 6-2 Rangers win, his control was pinpoint and he looked good, showing no real signs of any injury, but on Thursday he was placed on the DL and said he was uncomfortable during his Wednesday start.
This isn't thought to be anything serious, and that's a good thing for the Rangers, who are already missing Matt Harrison from their rotation and are still awaiting the return of Colby Lewis, who's been out since last July after undergoing surgery to repair a torn flexor tendon.
With Ogando's shelving, the Rangers are set to start Josh Lindblom on Monday against the Oakland A's, which will mark the third time in four days they've started a rookie, or in Lindblom's case, just an inexperienced pitcher making his Rangers debut and his first big-league start with all 100 of his big-league innings coming previously in relief.
With Ogando expected to just miss the standard 15 days and Lewis expected back by early June, they just need to tread some water with their 7-game lead in the AL West for the next couple of weeks.