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Alexi Ogando moving back into Rangers’ rotation to replace injured Derek Holland

Jun 7, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

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Texas’ rotation took another hit today, as the Rangers placed Derek Holland on the disabled list with “left shoulder fatigue.” He’s also lost 15 pounds in the past two weeks while dealing with a stomach virus.

To replace Holland on the roster they called up hard-throwing relief prospect Tanner Scheppers from Triple-A, where the 2009 first-round pick had a 3.72 ERA and 27/4 K/BB ratio in 29 innings as Round Rock’s closer.

He’ll be used to setup up Joe Nathan and the Rangers are shifting current setup man Alexi Ogando back into the rotation, where he spent all of last season while throwing 169 innings with a 3.51 ERA and 126/46 K/BB ratio.

Ogando has been lights out as a reliever this year, posting a 2.27 ERA and 33/7 K/BB ratio in 32 innings, but the Texas pitching staff’s fantastic depth and versatility makes moves like this work. And they still have Roy Oswalt waiting in the wings at Triple-A.

  1. El Bravo - Jun 7, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    This sounds like a rotation improvement…sure, the bullpen is weaker, but Ogando was really good as an SP last year.

    • theawesomersfranchise - Jun 7, 2012 at 1:15 PM

      For the 1st 65 innings, after that he was a poor starting pitcher

    • CJ - Jun 7, 2012 at 1:22 PM

      Absolutely…assuming his arm is stretched out enough to go deep enough into the game to not overwork the pen

  2. number42is1 - Jun 7, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    is “left shoulder fatigue” code for ” spanking”?

  3. sportsguygerald - Jun 7, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    In Holland’s last start, the fastball was registering 90 instead of the 94-95 he usually hits, so, I doubt he’s being spanked. No way this can be considered an improvement for the pitching staff. Creates a big hole at the backend of the pen and more innings since Ogando won’t be stretched out to go 7. Ogando is much more valuable as a reliever. Since he and Feldman both have been forced into starting roles, they don’t have an innings eater in the pen

  4. beefytrout - Jun 7, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    Right now, even with this, the offense is the thing that is troubling for the Rangers. There is no semblance of consistency.

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