Alexi Ogando (blister) may miss start

Updated: May 7, 2011, 9:03 AM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers right-hander Alexi Ogando may not make his scheduled start Sunday against the New York Yankees because of a blister on his right index finger.

Ogando, 27, has had problems with the blister all season, and the issue forced him out of his last outing in Seattle earlier than expected. Ogando had thrown 102 pitches in six solid innings against the Seattle Mariners and manager Ron Washington planned on running him back out to start the seventh inning.

"But the blister changed things," Washington said.

Ogando said he has a fake nail on the finger to help protect the blister and has not thrown a bullpen session with the nail on. Washington said he wasn't sure if Ogando would pitch Sunday, and the club was concerned enough that it sent third catcher Taylor Teagarden to Triple-A Round Rock in order to activate closer Neftali Feliz off the disabled list.

"We have to have a contingency [plan] and make sure we protect it," Washington said. "If it gets to the point where we're concerned with it, what we'll have to do is miss a start. The extra five days could help."

If the Rangers skip Ogando, they could allow the blister to heal through this homestand because of Thursday's off day and have him pitch May 17 in Chicago.

Richard Durrett covers the Rangers for ESPNDallas.com.

Richard Durrett joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.

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