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Alexi Ogando is locked in as a starter for the Rangers

Feb 11, 2013, 12:16 PM EST

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After switching him back and forth between the bullpen and rotation for three seasons the Rangers are now committed to sticking with Alexi Ogando as a full-time starter.

And he’s happy about that, telling T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com: “This is what I want. For me, starting is easier. You have four days off and every fifth day you pitch. I like the routine of the starter.”

Ogando made the All-Star team as a starter in 2011 and has a 3.49 ERA in 30 career starts, but he also  has a 2.53 ERA in 103 career relief appearances.

Sullivan notes that one big difference for Ogando is that he relied almost exclusively on his fastball-slider combination as a reliever, using his changeup just 11 times in 1,040 pitches. As a starter in 2011 he threw his changeup about four times more often, which still isn’t much, but he’s apparently planning to work it into his repertoire more this season.

  1. artisan3m - Feb 11, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    Good move. Its where he belongs. Use Feliz in a limited fashion until after the all-star break as a set-up man or rotate closing with Nathan. Harrison, Lewis, Darvish, Holland, and Ogando is a potent rotation ~ if they can stay healthy. None are super-stars but they can be consistent and the bullpen has a lot of reserve talent, especially Ross, Kirkman, and Sheppers. I don’t think pitching is a concern going in but sticks will be a lot lighter in a hitters park.. And the Nellie Cruz issue is yet to be resolved with MLB.

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