Alexi Ogando strains left oblique
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Rangers manager Ron Washington said the club will make a move to replace Alexi Ogando on the World Series roster after the reliever left the game in the sixth inning with a strained left oblique muscle.
"We'll make a move, but he's through," Washington said after his team's 4-0 loss to San Francisco that put the Rangers in a 3-1 hole in the best-of-seven series. "He was doing a great job, too, but that's the way it goes sometimes."
Ogando, through a translator, said he's going to see a doctor on Monday morning to have his oblique checked out.
Ogando retired his first five batters Sunday night before a 1-1 pitch to Juan Uribe with two outs in the sixth inning sailed way outside and went to the backstop. The right-hander quickly grabbed at his left side, though the Rangers said he felt a twinge there on the first pitch to Uribe.
"It started bothering me in my second inning and it got a little worse and a little worse and finally I really felt it pull on the last two pitches," said Ogando, who threw a fastball and slider to Uribe before athletic trainer Jamie Reed, Washington and pitching coach Mike Maddux came out to check on him.
"Threw that slider and it just pulled on him," Washington said. "He was doing a great job, too. But that's the way it goes sometimes. We sure hate to lose him."
Ogando was clearly disappointed as he collected his things and left the clubhouse.
"I feel bad because it's at a point where I can't help the team anymore," Ogando said. "Things happen that way sometimes, but it's disappointing."
The Rangers didn't say who they would add to the roster before Game 5 on Monday night. Texas has to win to force the World Series back to San Francisco, where the Rangers lost the first two games.
Ogando was relieved by Darren Oliver, who got Uribe on a foul pop.
Ogando took over for starter Tommy Hunter, who allowed two runs and five hits over four innings.
In two World Series games, Ogando threw 3 2/3 scoreless innings with six strikeouts and no walks.