Josh Lindblom is not a stranger to the Major Leagues, having appeared in 101 games combined for the Dodgers and Phillies since 2011.
On Monday, though, the 25-year-old right-hander will toe the rubber in a big league game for the first time as a starter, when he and the Rangers take on Bartolo Colon and the A's at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
Lindblom joins Texas to replace Alexi Ogando, who is on the disabled list with biceps tendinitis. Although he has never pitched more than 2 1/3 innings in a Major League game, Lindblom has made seven starts with Triple-A Round Rock this season, going 4-0 with a 2.08 ERA.
"I never expected to start in the big leagues, but to be able to get here and be here as a starter and go impact the game every five days is huge," Lindblom said. "I love the routine and I'm just excited to get out there and pitch."
In his time in the Majors, Lindblom has faced five of the current A's hitters, including John Jaso, who said he did not like to take a different approach against first-time starters.
"Personally, I just stick to a routine," Jaso said. "I don't like hearing what a guy tries to do in certain situations. I just want to know what pitches he throws. I don't want to be surprised."
While the young Lindblom looks to carry over the success he has had in the Minors to the big stage, the veteran Colon seeks to straighten himself out after a rough four-game stretch. Since delivering his best outing of the season April 23, when he shut out the Red Sox and allowed three hits through seven innings, Colon has given up 17 runs in his last 21 1/3 innings (four starts).
The 39-year-old right-hander's last outing was Tuesday against the very same Rangers he will face Monday. He surrendered just four hits in six innings, but Texas converted those hits into three runs on the way to a 6-5 win in 10 innings. His worst start came five days earlier, when the Indians touched him up for six runs on eight hits in just four innings.
Colon said he felt fine after that short outing, and manager Bob Melvin did not seem concerned.
"He didn't look awful," Melvin said. "Velocity was there. The balls he got in the middle of the plate, they hit. ... Sometimes the other team just beats you."
Rangers: Kinsler sent to DL
After not starting the last two games because of a right intercostal strain, Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler went on the 15-day disabled list Sunday. The move is retroactive to Saturday, as Kinsler appeared in Friday's game against the Tigers as a pinch-runner.
Although Texas loses a player who has driven in 20 runs and hit seven homers while batting .302 this season, the Rangers will get another look at MLB.com's No. 1 overall prospect Jurickson Profar, who was called up from Triple-A Round Rock and is expected to start Monday.
Profar was signed by Texas as an amateur free agent in 2009, and he made his Major League debut at 19 years old last season. He appeared in nine games, going 3-for-17 (.176) with two RBIs and a home run. In 37 games with Round Rock this year, the young infielder owns a .278 batting average, along with 19 RBIs and four homers.
Athletics: A's refuse to use injuries as excuse
Although the A's have been beat up this year, both players and Melvin are not interested in making excuses.
Oakland has sent players to the disabled list nine times this season, nearly half of the club's entire 2012 total (21). The injuries have been scattered, as position players and pitchers alike have dealt with various issues. Melvin, whose team moved one game over .500 (23-22) with Sunday's win, did not appear worried about losing players for any length of time.
"It's always nice to have a full complement of players," Melvin said. "There are several teams who have to make do with a few less. When you have key players end up on the DL, it affects you, sure, but we feel we have a deep organization."
• The Rangers took two of three from Oakland in a series beginning last Monday. Each team then played an AL Central opponent, with the A's sweeping the Royals and the Rangers winning two of three games against the Tigers before closing the series Sunday night.
• Yoenis Cespedes continued the A's streak of homers without a runner on base Sunday, making it 12 straight. One more and the A's will match the club record set in 2007.
Jeremy Warnemuende is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.