6/9/2013 1:59 P.M. ET
Kirkman heads to DL after learning of cancer diagnosis
By Chris Toman / Special to MLB.com
TORONTO -- Left-hander Michael Kirkman was placed on the 15-day disabled list after being diagnosed with a recurrence of cutaneous lymphoma on his right triceps.
The cancer, which will be treated with radiation sessions, was found during a routine screening in May by Rangers doctors and comes after Kirkman was first diagnosed with skin cancer in the same area in January 2012. Kirkman said the cancer is "about two millimeters outside of where the original spot was they had to radiate last year."
Kirkman, who is unsure when the radiation treatment will begin, will be away from the team to give himself a mental break, but is hoping to continue baseball activities during the process and be back with the Rangers in a couple weeks, he said.
Kirkman thinks he may be better prepared for the challenge after going through it last year while with Triple-A Round Rock.
"I probably see it as less of a thing as it is. Other people see it as more than what it is," he said. "It's just kind of one of those things. It's kind of a blessing in disguise. I can take a step back, take a mental break and work some bugs out."
Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine said Kirkman has had some trouble pitching with the diagnosis in the back of his mind and the team was willing to take all measures to help the 26-year-old.
As was the case last season, Kirkman will undergo intravenous therapy in addition to the radiation.
"He reached out to us and asked if he could take some time down," Levine said. "He has had difficulty succeeding."
With Kirkman on the DL, the Rangers purchased the contract of right-hander Kyle McClellan from Round Rock. To clear a spot on the 40-man roster, Texas transferred Joakim Soria to 60-day DL.
Levine said Soria threw a 35-pitch bullpen session Saturday in Arizona without reporting any setbacks and will throw another one Tuesday before graduating to throwing live batting practice.
Ogando back on DL one start after earlier stint
TORONTO -- The Rangers placed right-hander Alexi Ogando on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with right shoulder inflammation, and called up Josh Lindblom from Triple-A Round Rock to take his spot on the 25-man roster.
It marks the second time Ogando has gone on the DL this season, making only one start between stints. Ogando, who missed three weeks in May with right biceps tendinitis, first felt the discomfort in his shoulder at the beginning of Texas' three-game set in Toronto, though he pitched Wednesday in Boston.
Rangers manager Ron Washington stressed that the 29-year-old is not experiencing pain in the area, but there is concern that Ogando has made two DL stints in such a short period of time.
Texas believes Ogando will not need long, though.
"First thing is first -- we want to evaluate what is going on with him," assistant general manager Thad Levine said.
When Levine and Washington were asked by reporters if they believe Ogando, who has switched between relieving and starting over the past couple years, is better suited to throw out of the bullpen, both said that determination will not be made until Ogando's rehab progresses.
"We just have to wait and see what's the deal," Washington said. "That's certainly not a decision or opinion I'm going to form right now. To make a decision like that, I'm not ready to do that today."
But Levine said those questions were raised internally long before Ogando's latest setback.
"I think that has been an ongoing debate in the organization really since Alexi came to the big leagues," Levine said. "He has been a major contributor for us, quite frankly, in both roles. But right now, we view him as one of our five starting pitchers."
Ogando allowed one run over 5 2/3 innings with six strikeouts in his start against the Red Sox. In 10 starts this season, Ogando is 4-2 with a 2.93 ERA over 55 1/3 innings.
Lindblom will take Ogando's spot in the rotation for Monday's series opener against Cleveland if he doesn't pitch in relief during Sunday's finale against the Blue Jays, Washington said.
• Texas agreed to terms with 12 of the 41 players the club selected in the First-Year Player Draft, including fourth-rounder Isiah Kiner-Falefa, a shortstop out of Mid Pacific Institute in Hawaii, and fifth-rounder Joe Jackson, a catcher and descendant of former Major Leaguer "Shoeless" Joe Jackson.
• Second baseman Ian Kinsler, who is on the disabled list with a right intercostal strain, resumed baseball activities Saturday by swinging off a tee, Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine said. Kinsler has not played since May 17 and there is no timetable for his return.
Chris Toman is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.