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Alexi Ogando’s struggles could get him bumped from the Rangers’ rotation

Mar 19, 2014, 12:52 PM EST

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Alexi Ogando was slated for the Rangers’ rotation, but after back-to-back poor outings–including an early exit yesterday that had coaches worried he might be injured–T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that the right-hander could get bumped to the bullpen.

Ogando has served in a setup role for the Rangers previously with a lot of success, but Sullivan writes that this time he might be used in a long relief role because his spring training performance has been so shaky.

His appearance yesterday was particularly odd because Ogando took the mound in the fourth inning and threw a few warmup pitches, only to have the trainer, pitching coach, and manager Ron Washington come out to the mound. He was removed from the game amid worries that he had a blister, but afterward said that wasn’t the case.

So what was the deal, then? Washington told Sullivan: “We messed up and forgot to tell him he wasn’t supposed to go back out there. Blame it on me.”

Seems like kind of a flimsy explanation given the presence of the trainer on the mound, but either way things aren’t going well for Ogando right now.

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  1. rollinghighwayblues - Mar 19, 2014 at 2:01 PM

    Last night’s outing was very weird. For the first few innings Ogando seemed sharp with his command and had all his pitches working, along with the Cubs hitters not looking too comfortable in the box. I blinked my eyes and all of the sudden they were tattooing Ogando all over the ballpark. Damn baseball.

    • beefytrout - Mar 19, 2014 at 2:10 PM

      this is exactly why the Rangers need to give up on Ogando as a starter and put him back in the bullpen. He’s much more suited to giving you 1 or 2 innings of good relief. He has clearly shown that he isn’t a guy you can expect to give you 30+ instances of 6+ IP in a season, and when his stuff goes off the rails, you don’t have to dip into the bullpen early.

  2. sfm073 - Mar 19, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    Some guys are just meant for the Bp. It’s unfortunate because bullpen guys don’t stick around very long.

    • rollinghighwayblues - Mar 19, 2014 at 2:28 PM

      LaTroy Hawkins Arthur Rhodes would like a word with you.

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