09/22/12 9:00 PM ET
Washington polishing plans for Napoli
By Josh Liebeskind / MLB.com
Beltre may face offseason surgery
SEATTLE -- The unknown source of Adrian Beltre's stomach discomfort is believed to be the result of a buildup of scar tissue from an appendix surgery 12 years ago and it may require surgery after the season. The Rangers third baseman's availability the rest of the season should not be in jeopardy, but will depend on Beltre's pain tolerance.Beltre had stayed in Anaheim to undergo tests on his stomach while his Ranger teammates traveled to Seattle for Friday's series opener. He was in the lineup on Saturday at third and hitting fourth. "The doctor told me that he's 90 percent sure what's causing the pain is scar tissue from my old surgery, appendix," Beltre said. "It's growing over the years and it's kind of pushing on my intestines. "He said that if [it] stays the same or gets worse, we're going to have to do a little procedure." That said, Beltre was confident he would get through the season. Prior to Saturday's game, he said he physically felt much better than the past couple of days. Although there are no medications to help disperse scar tissue, Beltre said eating healthy could help. Rangers skipper Ron Washington said he "may have to DH him a little more than I want to," but that would be the biggest change he'd make from a managerial perspective. "He can play to whatever he can tolerate," Washington said. "The old saying I always bring up, 'Mind over matter,' and he's got a powerful mind. His stomach issue, don't matter."
Washington keeps confidence in Ogando
SEATTLE -- Rangers reliever Alexi Ogando has pitched just twice in the past nine days and gave up a combined three runs in those relief outings, including a two-run home run in Friday's 6-3 loss in Seattle.The right-hander has recently dealt with soreness in his biceps, but Rangers manager Ron Washington said as long as Ogando's healthy, he wouldn't shy away from using him. "[If the] opportunity presents itself, as long as he can take the ball, we are going to give it to him," Washington said. "I think that's going to help everything. I certainly can't predict if that's going away or that's going to flare up again. I don't know." Washington said any pitcher, especially a reliever, needs consistent work, if possible, to stay sharp. That is what the Rangers will be looking to give Ogando the rest of the season -- consistent work. Meanwhile, Koji Uehara has been pitching well, making him interchangeable with Ogando, in Washington's mind. "Say, if we had to use Ogando for a couple innings and then tonight a situation came up, I'll give it to Koji," Washington said. "Say, if Ogando and Mike Adams are not available and a situation come up in the eighth inning, I'll give to Koji. [Robbie] Ross, too."
Washington said he'll continue to give Craig Gentry the bulk of time in the outfield while Josh Hamilton deals with a sinus issue. Leonys Martin is also an option, but Washington considers Gentry a more reliable defensive option. The Rangers pitching staff enters Saturday's contest with 1,175 strikeouts, six shy of the club record set in 2010.
Josh Liebeskind is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.