Ohlendorf shut down due to mild groin strain

Right-hander to miss Opening Day, but club expects him to help during season

Ohlendorf shut down due to mild groin strain

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Rangers pitcher Ross Ohlendorf has had an impressive Spring Training, but his chances of being on the Opening Day roster have been scuttled because of a mild strain of his right groin muscle.

Ohlendorf, who has pitched just three games and five innings this spring, has been shut down from throwing until his leg is symptom free. He has twice had to leave a game when the groin started bothering him.

"We feel Ross Ohlendorf has had a very good spring," assistant general manager Thad Levine said. "He solidified in our minds that he could help the 2015 Texas Rangers. The fact that he re-aggravated the same injury shows us he needs more time. It does not dim the fact that he could help this team. Whether it is Opening Day or down the road is secondary."

In those five innings, Ohlendorf has allowed one run on just one hit. He did not walk a batter and struck out 11.

"I was hoping to be around the team the whole season, but I still feel I'll be able to pitch a lot of the year," Ohlendorf said.

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.