6/5/2014 6:36 P.M. ET
Texas activates Scheppers for use in bullpen
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
ARLINGTON -- Pitcher Tanner Scheppers was activated off the disabled list on Thursday after being sidelined since April 18 with inflammation in his right elbow. To make room, the Rangers optioned pitcher Aaron Poreda back to Triple-A Round Rock.
Scheppers, who was the Rangers' Opening Day starter, will be used out of the bullpen. He was the Rangers' primary eighth-inning setup reliever last season, but Texas will ease him back into that role. Jason Frasor and Shawn Tolleson will be the club's primary right-handed setup relievers.
"We're not bringing him back to be the closer, and we're not bringing him back in the eighth inning," manager Ron Washington said. "He could be big. We know what he is capable of, but he's been shut down. … He has to get in shape. In time he'll let us know where he belongs."
Scheppers made four starts out of the rotation before going on the disabled list and later a rehabilitation assignment through Double-A and Triple-A.
"Everything feels good," Scheppers said. "Throughout the whole process, we've been headed in the right direction. It's nice to feel pain free. I'm ready to go. I'm happy with any role; I'm happy to be throwing. I can't wait to get out there in a game."
Rangers shut Ogando down for three weeks
ARLINGTON -- Rangers pitcher Alexi Ogando has acute inflammation in his right elbow and will be shut down from throwing for at least three weeks.
An MRI exam also showed some wear and tear in the elbow, though not enough to warrant surgery. The Rangers will re-evaluate Ogando in three weeks to determine the next course of action, but it appears as if the Rangers will be without their best power right-handed reliever for at least two months.
"It looks like my ligament has a little damage, but not much," Ogando said. "You have to take whatever happens. … I feel happy because what they told me wasn't the worst news."
Ogando, who is 2-3 with a 6.84 ERA in 27 games, was placed on the disabled list for the fourth time in the past two years. He was on the disabled list three times last season with elbow and biceps inflammation. Ogando said that he had been feeling a little something in the elbow for some time but that it really started bothering him in the eighth inning of Monday's game against the Orioles.
"I felt it strongly after the last outing," Ogando said. "You always want to give it 100 percent, but sometimes it doesn't happen. You just have to keep trying."
• Adrian Beltre drove in all five of the Rangers' runs in a 6-5 loss to the Orioles on Wednesday. It was the fifth time in club history a player had driven in all five runs for the Rangers in a game. The Rangers lost all five games.
• After two games with Double-A Frisco, Jim Adduci has moved his medical rehab assignment to Triple-A Round Rock. He was 2-for-8 at Frisco.
• With right-hander Chris Tillman on the mound for the Orioles, Thursday marked the 17th straight game that the Rangers had faced a right-handed starter. That streak will continue for three days against the Indians with right-handers Trevor Bauer, Josh Tomlin and Justin Masterson on the mound. On Monday, the Indians are scheduled to pitch left-hander T.J. House.
• The Marlins are expected to pitch right-handers Tom Koehler and Jacob Turner in the two-game series against the Rangers that starts Tuesday.
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.