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Rangers Relievers Shut Down

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Alexi Ogando #41 of the Texas Rangers pitches against the Houston Astros in the first inning at Minute Maid Park on April 3, 2013 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Per the theme of the day, Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels addressed several of the Rangers' injuries this year and where different players stand.

And you can add two key relievers, Tanner Scheppers and Alexi Ogando, to the list of Kevin Kouzmanoff and Jurickson Profar who will not be playing for the Rangers again this season.

The Rangers have discovered a few good pieces for the bullpen construction in 2015 in Shawn Tolleson and Roman Mendez, and have watched Neftali Feliz go 3-for-3 in his first three save opportunities since they shipped closer Joakim Soria to Detroit last week.

It's easy to forget what the Rangers have in the way of 2015 relief options on the shelf, and Ogando and Scheppers are both accomplished relievers who could be key pieces of a 2015 winning bullpen. Both will be on the shelf for the remainder of the year with elbow soreness, though neither should require surgery.

Scheppers struggled as a starter to open the season, before hitting the DL and then returning in the bullpen and quickly hitting the DL again with the elbow issue. Last season, he was one of the league's top setup men and could easily resume the role in 2015. Ogando has been a shutdown reliever for the Rangers in 2010 and 2012, but struggled as a starter in 2011 and 2013 before never being himself this season and eventually landing on the DL with elbow inflammation.

The fact neither needs surgery is a positive, and surprising given the Rangers' injury fortunes this season. Both should be key parts of what the Rangers hope is a winning bullpen next season.

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