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The Rangers are preparing to move Alexi Ogando back into the rotation

Jul 28, 2012, 12:02 PM EDT

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We heard earlier this week that the Rangers were considering moving Alexi Ogando back in the starting rotation. Well, they got the ball rolling in last night’s loss to the White Sox.

Last night’s starter, Yu Darvish, was knocked out of the ballgame after 6 1/3 innings, so Ogando ended up pitching the final 2 2/3 innings. The 28-year-old right-hander allowed two hits and two walks, including an RBI double to Alex Rios and a two-run homer to Alexei Ramirez in the top of the ninth. He ended up throwing a season-high 44 pitches, topping the 39 he threw over three innings in his spot-start against the Giants back on June 10.

According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth-Star Telegram, Rangers manager Ron Washington confirmed after the game that they are trying to stretch Ogando as a starting pitcher. If it happens, he would take the rotation spot of Colby Lewis, who is out for the season following surgery yesterday to repair a torn flexor tendon in his right elbow. The spot is currently being held down by Scott Feldman, who tossed seven innings of one-run ball against the Red Sox on Monday.

Ogando might not be needed in the rotation at all if the Rangers get someone Josh Johnson from the Marlins or James Shields from the Rays before Tuesday’s non-waiver trade deadline, but he’s a pretty nice “Plan B.”

  1. lewp - Jul 28, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    Ogando has one pitch. He is ok for a couple of batters, but the second time through the order is risky. This is the beginning of the end for our Rangers.

  2. billymc75 - Jul 28, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    This guy was awesome the first half last year, he’s well rested, good move.

  3. Kevin Gillman - Jul 28, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    This is why pound for pound the Rangers have the best team in baseball. They have injured players, so they just bring in someone like Ogando and have him start, the same guy that won 14 games for them last season, as a starter. No matter what any team’s records are, the Rangers are the odds on favorite to win the pennant.

    • surefooted1 - Jul 28, 2012 at 3:25 PM

      The Angels and Yankees don’t agree.

      • Kevin Gillman - Jul 28, 2012 at 3:48 PM

        With all due respect, when was the last time the Angels and Yankees were in the World Series? And I am not a Rangers fan, I am an Indians fan, so I can unbiasly make this obversation. Hey, the Angels have to overtake the Rangers in the division first, and that might not happen.

    • beefytrout - Jul 28, 2012 at 11:05 PM

      We can go ahead and stop all this “best team in baseball” nonsense. They’re treading water while Oakland has won July and the Angels just significantly upgraded. And this is coming from a dude who spent a large portion of his savings on playoff tickets last year.

      • Kevin Gillman - Jul 29, 2012 at 8:14 PM

        Sure, but Texas knows how to sustain a full season as contenders, Oakland does not. The Athletics have nothing to lose, which can make them a dangerous team, but at the end of the season, I fully believe Texas will be in the postseason, while I am not sure about Oakland. I don’t think there is enough respect for perrenial WS contenders anymore, yet there should be. Every team goes through their hot streks (Oakland), and every team will go through their bad streaks (Texas), but at the end of the season, where will the teams be? Start saving again beefytrout. I know I won’t see any postseason games here in Cleveland. Sad, but true.

  4. beefytrout - Jul 28, 2012 at 3:44 PM

    I don’t really understand the fascination people have with Ogando… he’s a very good pitcher, but his numbers can be deceptive. He struggles with men on base, and when they score (and they have been recently), they don’t affect his numbers because they belong to the pitcher he inherited them from. Last night wasn’t a very good showing from him either.

    Yeah, he was awesome in the first half of 2011… that means jack squat right now.

  5. bigmeechy74 - Jul 28, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    What about Neftali Feliz? When he comes back will he be in the rotation or the bullpen?

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