According to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, the Rangers are considering moving Alexi Ogando back to the bullpen for the rest of the regular season and a potential playoff run.
The recent struggles of relievers Yoshinori Tateyama and Koji Uehara are forcing the Rangers’ hand, but Ogando has seemingly hit the wall as a result of a career-high workload. The 27-year-old right-hander has a 5.20 ERA over 55 1/3 innings since the All-Star break and has completed seven innings in a start just twice.
Ogando thrived in a relief role as a rookie with the Rangers last season, posting a 1.30 ERA and 39/16 K/BB ratio over 41 2/3 innings, so this might be the best way to utilize him the rest of the way.
If Ogando is indeed bumped to the bullpen, the Rangers would likely go with C.J. Wilson, Colby Lewis, Matt Harrison and Derek Holland as probable starters for the postseason.
Pirates infielder Gift Ngoepe, just called up from Triple-A Indianapolis, singled in his first major league at-bat on Wednesday evening against Cubs starter Jon Lester. It was a well-struck ground ball up the middle in the bottom of the fourth inning. Unfortunately for him, the Pirates could not bring him around to score.
Ngoepe, who was pinch-hitting, stayed in the game to play second base.
Diamondbacks starter Shelby Miller was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Monday due to inflammation in his right elbow. He had a second opinion from Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Tuesday and is currently awaiting a third opinion from Dr. James Andrews, Craig Grialou of Arizona Sports reports. That he’s getting a third opinion seems to imply that Miller’s elbow issue is rather serious.
Miller, 26, hasn’t been able to catch a break since joining the Diamondbacks. Last year’s nightmarish season included a finger injury stemming from mechanical woes and a brief demotion to the minor leagues. In 20 starts in the majors last year, Miller posted an ugly 6.15 ERA. This year, his ERA is a mediocre 4.09 over four starts.
The Diamondbacks called up Zack Godley to take Miller’s spot in the rotation. There was some speculation that it would be Archie Bradley instead, but he’s been working out of the bullpen.