ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 24: Alexi Ogando #41 of the Texas Rangers pitches in the seventh inning during Game Five of the MLB World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 24, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Things haven't been going so well for the guy who could easily stake claim to the designation as the Texas Rangers' best relief pitcher.
Alexi Ogando has now given up an earned run in four of his last five outings after he allowed a home run in Sunday's blowout win over the Toronto Blue Jays. After that, he was drilled in the pitching hand by a line drive and exited the game after recording two outs.
The club has listed Ogando as day-to-day and X-rays on the hand were negative, but it's still got to be a concern for a team that has relied so much on Ogando this season for his versatility out of the bullpen.
Ogando's season ERA is now at 1.65 thanks to his recent bad stretch. That right there just goes to show has well he's pitched this season as he started the season with a scoreless inning streak of 15 1/3 innings before blowing a save attempt against the Oakland A's back on May 17.
You'd have to assume Ogando is unavailable for tonight's game against the Seattle Mariners, but the Rangers will hope he's not out for too long.