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Alexi Ogando wants starting rotation spot in 2013

Oct 7, 2012, 10:52 AM EDT

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Rangers right-hander Alexi Ogando spent nearly the entire 2012 campaign in the bullpen and had a great deal of success, finishing with a 3.27 ERA, a 1.00 WHIP and a 66/17 K/BB ratio in 66 innings.

But he is not satisfied with that setup role.

According to beat writer Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas, Ogando has expressed a desire to return to the Rangers’ starting rotation, where he registered a promising 3.56 ERA across 26 outings in 2011.

“My wish is to be a starter, but they haven’t mentioned that at all,” Ogando told reporters through an interpreter on Saturday afternoon. “I’m going to go into the offseason and get ready to pitch and whatever they decide, they decide.”

Matt Harrison, Derek Holland and Yu Darvish are locked into rotation spots, but Colby Lewis and Neftali Feliz will both be stuck in rehab mode on Opening Day. Which means there should be an opening.

  1. billymc75 - Oct 7, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    Trade Holland

  2. ellsburyflavoredsupplements - Oct 7, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    It worked soooooooo well in Boston, I’d recommend they do it. Bard ….. The Sequel.

    • biasedhomer - Oct 7, 2012 at 4:12 PM

      2010:

      29 GS
      169 IP
      3.51 ERA
      1.136 WHIP
      AS Selection

      Do you know who’s numbers those are?
      Hint: Not Daniel Bard’s.

  3. pw38 - Oct 8, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    Might as well try. Texas is gonna need some pitching with Josh most likely leaving. Hopefully Ogando can step it up and show he’s worthy of being a starter.

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