Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Alexi Ogando's role with Rangers
By AJ Mass
For the last three seasons, Alexi Ogando has been treated like a yo-yo by the Texas Rangers. He made 29 starts in 2011. He pitched in 58 games in 2012, all but one coming in relief. This season, Ogando has made 15 starts while dealing with multiple injuries, the latest of which led to a stint on the disabled list.
Since rejoining the Rangers last week, Ogando has pitched twice out of the bullpen, but he's yet to throw even 25 pitches in any single outing. That said, this coming Thursday will mark the last day off that the Rangers have on their schedule. With 17 games in 17 days beginning Friday, it will be all hands on deck in the Rangers rotation.
The question is whether or not Ron Washington will turn to Ogando. For his part, the manager is remaining coy on the subject, "We'll just see how it goes. I wouldn't be shocked if Ogando starts a game and I wouldn't be shocked if he didn't start a game."
Ogando is probably best suited to remain in the bullpen for now. Even when he was starting regularly earlier in the year, he only went longer than six innings three times in his 15 starts. If he were to start, Texas would likely need to use several relievers anyway.
With Nick Tepesch having lasted 3-1/3 innings in his first two September outings since an elbow injury sidelined him in July, he's a lot closer to being able to last five or six innings than is Ogando. That makes Tepesch the more likely candidate to get the call on Tuesday against the Tampa Bay Rays, with Ogando free to be used over the weekend, should the need arise.
Todd WillsBuzz: Ogando still an option for 5th starter
"(As) for that fifth starter spot, which will come up again Tuesday at Tampa Bay, that's still undecided. But Rangers manager Ron Washington didn't shoot down the idea of Alexi Ogando, who is currently pitching out of the bullpen, making that start."