Alexi Ogando Remains Dark Horse For Texas Rangers

By Devin O'Barr
Alexi Ogando prepares
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After pouring in an incredible season in 2011, Alexi Ogando has found himself in between a rock and a hard place.

Heading into 2013, questions were circulating on how long Ogando’s new role as a starter with the Texas Rangers would last. With reliever Martin Perez going down due to an ulna fracture and scheduled to miss at least two months, Ogando’s starter role may be over before it starts.

Ogando was sidelined with a strained groin for nearly a month in 2012, but he still managed to pitch in 58 MLB games, giving the Rangers bullpen much-needed stability with a 3.27 ERA.

The starting rotation appears to be stronger this season with, both Matt Harrison and Derek Holland coming off excellent years in 2012. The ball is in manager Ron Washington‘s court as it’s ultimately up to him what he does with Ogando, and it has to be nice to have such flexibility.

Injuries are already staring to plague the Rangers as they also have Neftali Feliz recovering from Tommy John who has been a big factor for the team in the last few seasons. It seems like a jumbled-up mess if you ask me, but the Rangers definitely have the arms to compete and it will come down to what kind of roles they will be pitching from in 2013.

Kyle Lohse‘s name has buzzed around Rangers camp as a possible name for the team, pushing Ogando to reliever and Lohse into the third or fourth spot in the rotation. If Texas does take a flier on the 16-game winner, it will just show the versatility of Ogando, who will come up big for the Rangers whether it be in the starting rotation or the bullpen.

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