09/29/12 3:52 PM ET
After Friday scare, Cruz continues injury-free season
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
Ogando and Uehara ready to take on greater roles
ARLINGTON -- Rangers reliever Mike Adams is sidelined with a strained muscle in his right shoulder and may not be ready for the playoffs. That means Alexi Ogando and/or Koji Uehara will have to step up in a more prominent role as the Rangers go into postseason."That's what we're here for," Ogando said. "If somebody has an injury, we have to step up. If they call my name, I have to be ready. Both Ogando and Uehara have overcome their own physical problems. Uehara was out from June 10 to Aug. 26 with a strained lat muscle in his right rib cage. But he has a 1.59 ERA in 14 games since coming off the disabled list and has retired 20 straight hitters going into Saturday. He has also not allowed a baserunner in his last eight appearances, the longest such streak in club history. "It's getting a lot better," Uehara said, adding that his split-finger fastball "is working and the fear from not getting injured is going away." Ogando was on the disabled list from June 11 to July 17 with a strained right groin muscle. He had a 2.08 ERA when he went down and has a 4.40 ERA since his return. He also had some soreness in his right biceps muscle earlier this month but he has pitched three scoreless innings over his last two games. He said he hasn't had any problems lately with the biceps. Ogando was 2-0 with a 2.77 ERA in 13 postseason appearances last year. Uehara made three appearances in the first two rounds, allowing five runs in 1 1/3 innings, and was not on the World Series roster. "I've forgotten about postseason last year," Uehara said. "I don't even think about it. I'd rather you not ask about it."
Ross unhappy with performance since DL return
ARLINGTON -- Rangers left-handed reliever Robbie Ross entered Friday's game against the Angels with his team trailing, 4-1. Ross ended up allowing three runs in the seventh and the Rangers ended up losing, 7-4."It's just disappointing, obviously," Ross said. "I'm sitting there thinking if I didn't give up those runs, the game would be tied. It's tough when you expect more. You want to keep your team in the game." Ross has made four appearances since coming off the disabled list on Sept. 15 with a strained left forearm. He has pitched 3 1/3 innings and allowed four runs on five hits and a walk. "It could be I'm too fine on pitches and missing spots in critical moments," Ross said. "I'm trying to remember what I was doing and try to put it back together, but it's going slow." Ross has given up four hits in his last eight at-bats to right-handed hitters and manager Ron Washington said he needs to do a better job of throwing his cut fastball inside on them.
Perez slated to start on Monday -- for now
ARLINGTON -- Rookie left-hander Martin Perez is scheduled to pitch on Monday against the Athletics in Oakland. But manager Ron Washington said Perez is in the bullpen this weekend against the Angels and will be used if needed. That would leave the Rangers undecided for Monday against the Athletics."If we don't use him out of the bullpen this weekend, then he's the guy on Monday," Washington said. "But we've got to get through these two games and everybody is on deck." Right-handers Scott Feldman and Roy Oswalt are candidates to start on Monday if needed. But Oswalt hasn't thrown more than two innings or 50 pitches in a game since a start against the Twins on Aug. 23.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.