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Alexi Ogando returns from disabled list as a reliever

Jul 16, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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Alexi Ogando‘s first 27 appearances of the season came as a reliever and then he moved into the Rangers’ injury wrecked rotation on June 10, throwing three innings before being shut down with a strained groin.

Six weeks later he’s back from the disabled list and the Rangers’ starting pitching has gotten healthier during that time, so Ogando will resume working out of the bullpen. He threw three scoreless innings on a brief minor-league rehab assignment, striking out five and walking zero at Triple-A.

Koji Uehara is also close to returning from the DL, so Texas’ incredibly deep pitching staff is nearing full strength with “only” Neftali Feliz and Colby Lewis remaining on the shelf. And despite all the pitching injuries the Rangers have baseball’s second-best record at 54-35.

  1. beefytrout - Jul 16, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    The Ogando/Ross combo in late inning close games is going to be a valuable asset in the second half.

    • lmoneyfresh - Jul 16, 2012 at 1:42 PM

      Yep. As much as I’d like to see Ross get a shot at starting, these 2 will shut things down from the pen.

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