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Rangers Place Alexi Ogando on DL; Recall Michael Kirkman

Apr 13, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA: Texas Rangers starting pitcher Alexi Ogando (41) delivers a pitch in the ninth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. The Rangers won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE
Apr 13, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA: Texas Rangers starting pitcher Alexi Ogando (41) delivers a pitch in the ninth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. The Rangers won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE

The Texas Rangers have placed right-hander Alexi Ogando on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right groin. To replace Ogando on their roster, the Rangers have recalled left-hander Michael Kirkman.

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels told Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas/Fort Worth that Ogando likely won’t be back on a big league mound for four to six weeks. According to Daniels the injury was "a little more significant than we expected to see."

Ogando sustained the injury during the fourth inning of Texas’ Sunday victory versus the San Francisco Giants. After the game, Ogando said he felt something in his groin when he beat out a bunt single in the fourth.

Ogando was filling in for injured starter Derek Holland Sunday when he strained his groin. Prior to joining the Rangers starting rotation, Ogando had acted as the club’s setup man this season.

On the year, Ogando has posted an ERA and WHIP of 2.08 and 0.808 over his 28 appearances spanning 34 2/3 innings with 9.1 SO/9 and 1.8 BB/9.

Kirkman is a candidate to start in Ogando’s place Saturday. The 25-year-old left-hander has spent the season pitching for the Rangers Triple-A affiliate. Over his 15 appearances, including eight starts, Kirkman has posted an ERA and WHIP of 5.25 and 1.625.