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Alexi Ogando throws seven shutout innings, exits with blister

Apr 11, 2011, 3:47 PM EDT

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Alexi Ogando‘s transition from reliever to starter has gone brilliantly, as he shut out the Tigers for seven innings this afternoon to give him 13 scoreless innings in two starts.

Unfortunately, he also left this afternoon’s start “because of fluid under a callous on his index finger,” according to Richard Durrett of

Ogando pitched through a blister in his first start, so presumably this is the same issue causing problems again.

It’d be a shame if the callous/blister cause him to miss significant time or eventually lead to a switch back to reliever, because Ogando has looked spectacular so far while sustaining his mid-90s fastball in longer outings. He’s allowed just four hits and three walks in 13 frames.

  1. texasdawg - Apr 11, 2011 at 3:50 PM

    Getting Michael Young’s glove off the field was the best thing the Rangers have ever done.

    This team is so good it’s stupid.

  2. trevorb06 - Apr 11, 2011 at 4:33 PM

    Now if they made Feliz a starter they’d potentially have one of the most feared rotations in the league.

  3. baseballstars - Apr 11, 2011 at 5:11 PM

    I streamed him in many of my leagues. I think I’m going to keep him in my Roto leagues. Sure, he’s old for a prospect and doesn’t have a long minor league track record, but neither did Pujols or Braun. If the league figures him out, it will be many starts from now. Until then, I’m riding his arm. He has pretty good strikeout potential and pitches for a team that won’t have too many problems scoring runs. Ogando could end up being this year’s waiver wire steal.

  4. cur68 - Apr 11, 2011 at 5:21 PM

    So one of the most feared hitting line ups has a minor injury to a sizzling fast starting pitcher, eh? Oh well, guess that lights out bullpen will have to work just a bit in support of that studley starting rotation. The Rangers will just go from strength to strength when Ogando gets his little boo boo in order. Bet Nolan Ryan has already suggested brine. The big question is do they have staying power for the whole season?

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