by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (5/22/2013) Rangers starter Alexi Ogando is currently playing catch but is scheduled to throw a bullpen either Sunday or Monday on the road trip, FOX Sports reports Wednesday.
Ogando said Monday that he's only throwing at around 40 percent until the Rangers allow him to amp it up. He's making slow progress and doesn't have a timetable to return.
Alexi Ogando playing catch
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (5/21/2013) Rangers starter Alexi Ogando (biceps) has been able to play catch but is only throwing around 40 percent, MLB.com reports Tuesday.
"I don't know when they'll let me throw hard," the right-hander added.
Ogando said he's feeling better and is making slow progress. There is no structural damage in his injured biceps, but the Rangers do not have a timetable for his return.
Alexi Ogando pitched with arm injury before DL stint
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (5/18/2013) Rangers starting pitcher Alexi Ogando revealed to manager Ron Washington that his arm had been bothering him before his last start, after which he was placed on the disabled list, the Dallas Morning News reports.
"He finally told me that when we were talking, and I said, ‘You can’t do that’," Washington said. "He’s got a different workload this year. When you are a reliever and you only have to pitch an inning or so, you can pitch through some soreness, but when you are a starter, it’s a different situation. You can make it worse. It’s something that comes with experience. Now that he has the experience of going through this and knowing the situation, hopefully it won’t happen again. Thank God it wasn’t more serious."
Ogando is on the 15-day disabled list with biceps tendinitis.
MRI shows no damage for Alexi Ogando
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (5/17/2013) Rangers starting pitcher Alexi Ogando, on the 15-day disabled list, underwent an MRI which revealed no structural damage on his right biceps, according to The Dallas Morning News.
"It's nothing major," Ogando told MLB.com. "It's something I've felt off and on before. I should be back to normal soon. I would have been able to pitch, but we don't want it to get worse. We want it to get better. It's just one-two starts."
"It’s minor," manager Ron Washington told Fox Sports Southwest. "He’s a starting pitcher and he takes on a big work load. Rather than let this drag on, we just decided we’re going to nip it in the bud and get it right so he doesn’t feel anything. Just keeping him from himself because he’ll take the ball and go out there."
Ogando's last trip to the DL was for a groin injury last season.
Alexi Ogando sent to 15-day DL
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (5/16/2013) The Rangers announced Thursday starting pitcher Alexi Ogando was placed on the 15-day disabled list with right biceps tendinitis. Josh Lindblom will replace him in the rotation Monday against the Athletics.
Ogando got the win Wednesday at Oakland, allowing two runs on four hits and a walk in six innings. He's 4-2 with a 3.08 ERA through nine starts.
Alexi Ogando cruises with five no-hit innings
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (5/15/2013) Rangers pitcher Alexi Ogando coasted to a win against the A's Wednesday, pitching five no-hit innings before finishing the game with two earned runs on four hits, a walk and one hit batter, while striking out three in six innings. He allowed the leadoff man to reach base in the seventh inning before being removed, and the runner later scored.
Ogando moved to 4-2 , lowering his ERA to 3.08. Wednesday's start was the first in six tries that he walked one batter or fewer, improving his K:BB ratio to 37:19. He'll face the A's again Monday, this time in Arlington.
Alexi Ogando earns ND vs. Astros
by Adam Moore | CBSSports.com (5/11/2013) Rangers starting pitcher Alexi Ogando did not factor in the decision Friday against the Astros. Ogando, who made his seventh start, gave up two runs on five hits over 5 2/3 innings in the 4-2 win, including a solo home run off the bat of Trevor Crowe.
He also allowed Jose Altuve to score in the third inning on a wild pitch and was pulled with two outs in the sixth with the score tied 2-2. The right-hander threw 102 pitches and finished with four walks and three strikeouts, while earning the no-decision.
Ogando is scheduled to make his next start Wednesday at Oakland. He is 0-1 with a 3.79 ERA in 15 career appearances -- one start -- against the Athletics.
Alexi Ogando gets back in win column
by Adam Moore | CBSSports.com (5/4/2013) Rangers starting pitcher Alexi Ogando was finally able to get his third win Saturday against the Red Sox. Ogando, who was winless over his last four outings, allowed a run on six hits over six innings in the 5-1 win.
The run he surrendered came in the second inning on a RBI single by Daniel Nava. But Ogando limited Boston to four hits over his final three innings.
Ogando (3-2) was pulled after throwing 101 pitches, 65 for strikes, and finished with two walks and four strikeouts.
He will face the Astros for the second time this year Friday. Ogando did not allow a run over 6 1/3 innings when he faced Houston on April 3.
Alexi Ogando gets no support in defeat
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/28/2013) Rangers starter Alexi Ogando had another solid performance on Sunday at Minnesota. Unfortunately, his usually-solid offense could do nothing against Twins starter Kevin Correia.
Ogando took the loss as his offense was shut out while he was on the mound. He allowed three earned runs on four hits and two walks with three strikeouts over six innings to fall to .500 at 2-2 on the year. Ogando was hurt by a Justin Morneau two-run homer in the sixth.
The 29-year-old has only had one poor outing in which he allowed five runs over 2 1/3 in Chicago against the Cubs. Otherwise, his ERA is sharp at 3.38 and he's been very good as a starter. Ogando makes his next start Saturday against Boston.
Alexi Ogando holding his own as starter
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (4/24/2013) Rangers pitcher Alexi Ogando lowered his ERA to 3.12 in his fifth start of the season Tuesday against the Angels, as he continues to do well in his return to a starting role.
Through his first 26 innings, Odando has generally shown the skill you want to see out of a successful starting pitcher, with the exception of getting consistently deep into games. Ogando has posted a solid strikeout rate (8.31 K/9), good control (3.46 BB/9) and is doing a good job keeping the ball on the ground (50.0 percent groundball rate). Ogando has allowed three home runs so far, an acceptable total.
Ogando's FIP (3.94) is lagging behind his ERA right now, but there are still plenty of good signs here. Ogando is already a worthy Fantasy option, and his value can only go up if he learns to work deeper into games.
Alexi Ogando solid despite no-decision
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/24/2013) Rangers starter Alexi Ogando put the go-ahead runner on base in the eighth inning Tuesday in Los Angeles, but Robbie Ross entered and induced a double play on his first pitch to complete Ogando's night with a no-decision.
Ogando had a solid performance as he pitched into the eighth. He allowed four runs, but only two were earned over seven innings against the Angels.
Throwing 98 pitches for an economical performance, Ogando allowed six hits and walked three with five strikeouts. He kept the Rangers in the game, but the offense couldn't get going until late.
Ogando (2-1) rebounded from a dismal performance his last time out, but has otherwise been pretty sharp this season for the Rangers with a 3.12 ERA. His next start is scheduled for Sunday at Minnesota.
Alexi Ogando knocked around by Cubs
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (4/18/2013) Rangers pitcher Alexi Ogando lasted just 2 1/3 innings against the Cubs.
Ogando surrendered five runs on six hits. He struck out two hitters, and gave up two walks. Ogando's day was cut short after back-to-back home runs by Anthony Rizzo and Alfonso Soriano. He received his first loss of the season.
Alexi Ogando brings back old repertoire
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (4/18/2013) Rangers pitcher Alexi Ogando is utilizing the same repertoire that propelled him to a strong 2011 season.
Ogando spent last season in the bullpen, where he relied solely on a fastball/slider combination. Since returning to the rotation, Ogando has revived his change-up and sinker. That's the same mix of pitches Ogando used in 2011, the last time he was a starter.
Ogando has lost a little velocity this season, averaging 94.29 mph with his fastball. In 2011, his fastball averaged 95.96. Even with the reduced velocity, that's still going to rank as one of the hardest fastballs among starters at the end of the year. This shouldn't necesarrily impact his Fantasy value going forward, but it's encouraging that he's relying on a strategy that has already led to success.
Alexi Ogando settles for no-decision vs. M's
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (4/14/2013) Rangers starter Alexi Ogando turned in a solid outing but did not factor into the decision Saturday night against the Mariners.
Ogando, who made his third start of the season, surrendered a run-scoring single to Jason Bay in the fifth for his only damage of the night. The right-hander was charged with one run and five hits over five innings of work in a 3-1 victory. He also struck out five and walked one in 98 pitches, 63 strikes.
Ogando has a 1.08 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP through his first three starts. He will take the mound again Friday at home against the Mariners. The 29-year-old has allowed just one run on three hits in five innings of work at home this season.
Alexi Ogando starts 2-0 for Rangers
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/8/2013) Rangers starter Alexi Ogando has started the season with back-to-back excellent efforts as he beat the Rays Monday night in Texas.
Ogando (2-0) left after 5 1/3 innings and 89 pitches but kept the Rays to an earned run and three hits with three walks. He struck out two and lowered his ERA to 0.77.
The 29-year-old has thrown 11 2/3 innings in two starts and has allowed a run on seven hits with 12 Ks. He struck out 10 Astros in his season debut. Ogando next pitches Saturday in Seattle.
Alexi Ogando dominates Astros
by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com (4/3/2013)Alexi Ogando picked up his first win with 6.1 shutout innings Wednesday against the Astros, as he struck out 10 and allowed just four hits and a walk.
Ogando was lifted after 94 pitches despite holding a tenuous 1-0 lead, but Ogando does not have an extensive history as a starting pitcher and the Rangers are likely looking to ease him into the role. But otherwise, Ogando gave all one can ask from a starting pitcher. He induced an absurd 19 swinging strikes (20.2 percent of pitches), including 12 on 48 sliders.
The Astros lineup does not offer much resistance, as we saw Tuesday night against Yu Darvish. But Ogando looks poised to use his sharp stuff to put together a solid year in the Rangers' rotation.
Alexi Ogando allows two homers in tight Alamodome
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (3/30/2013) Rangers pitcher Alexi Ogando had a hard time keeping the ball in the park in Friday's exhibition game against the Padres at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
He allowed a solo home run to Will Venable in the first and a two-run shot to Jedd Gyorko in the fourth inning for his only damage of the night.
"The only thing you can say is it was a home run in this stadium," Ogando said. "In any other stadium, that's probably a fly ball. But in this stadium it was a home run. Every day is a unique experience and this was one of them."
Ogando yielded three runs on two hits in four innings of work in a 5-4 victory. He struck out four and walked three as he finished spring training with a 3.55 ERA and a 1.51 WHIP in seven appearances.
Alexi Ogando tabbed to start third game of season
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (3/27/2013) The Rangers announced Wednesday that Alexi Ogando will start the third game of the season against the Astros on April 3, the Dallas Morning News reported. Ogando has a 2.95 ERA and 1.36 WHIP in 21 1/3 innings this spring, striking out 18 batters and walking 12.
Alexi Ogando enjoys his best outing of the spring
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (3/24/2013) Rangers pitcher Alexi Ogando continued to make a strong case for a starting spot in the rotation Sunday as he enjoyed his best outing of the spring against the Reds. Ogando, who made his fourth Cactus League start, tossed six scoreless innings and allowed just three hits in a 7-2 victory. He struck out five and walked one as he improved his ERA to 2.95 this spring.
Rangers manager Ron Washington was impressed with Ogando's ability to make his opponents chase his changeup outside of the strike zone.
"That’s what I'd like to see him do," Washington said. "I knew it was in the motions. He's been getting better."
Alexi Ogando goes five for Rangers
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (3/19/2013) Rangers pitcher Alexi Ogando made his longest start of the Cactus League on Tuesday against the Cubs. He allowed four runs (three earned) on five hits over five innings of work. The right-hander was tagged with a three-spot in the first, which included a two-run homer by Alfonso Soriano. He also allowed a solo home run by Darwin Barney in the second. Ogando struck out three. His spring ERA rose from 3.48 to 4.11.
Ogando goes four scoreless
(3/12/2013) Rangers pitcher Alexi Ogando had one of his better outings of the Cactus League on Tuesday against the Brewers. He worked four scoreless innings, giving up just two hits while striking out three. Ogando also struck out three. "His fastball on the last out of the game was about as good of a fastball as we've seen, and I've seen that for the last couple of years pretty consistently," manager Ron Washington told ESPN.com. "It's obvious what we've seen out of Ogando the last few outings isn't Ogando. He is a strike thrower."
Ogando Ks six Cubs
(3/6/2013) Rangers pitcher Alexi Ogando was able to miss more than a few bats in Wednesday's Cactus League game against the Cubs. He allowed one run on two hits over three innings of work. Ogando also struck out six and walked two while throwing 54 pitches, 34 for strikes. "He's got to command his fastball," manager Ron Washington told MLB.com. "He got a couple of strikeouts on his changeup and his slider was good. His fastball command was spotty a little bit but his other stuff was there. He has to learn to pitch when he doesn't have his best fastball and he did that today."
Ogando better in second outing
(2/27/2013) After allowing three runs over 1 1/3 innings in his first Cactus League outing, Rangers pitcher Alexi Ogando was sharper in his start against the White Sox on Wednesday. He worked two innings, giving up two unearned runs on three hits. The right-hander also walked two and struck out one. "He got through his two innings, but he is still having a little trouble with his command," manager Ron Washington said to ESPN. "He was better, but he still has some work to do. Hopefully it gets much better the next time he is out there."
Ogando increases early work
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (2/22/2013) Texas pitcher Alexi Ogando surrendered three runs and two hits over 1 1/3 innings during his first Cactus League appearance against Kansas City on Friday. Ogando, who is being inserted back into the starting rotation this season, replaced starter Derek Holland in the fourth inning and walked two batters without any strikeouts. He permitted the Royals' only home run during the fifth inning, which led to his removal after 37 pitches. When you cant find the strike zone, bad things happen," Ogando said. "I was trying to work both sides of the plate. I threw my changeup. Nothing was working.
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (2/10/2013) MLB.com reports Rangers pitcher Alexi Ogando, who is transitioning back to the rotation full-time in 2013, said he is trying to rediscover his changeup. Ogando spent most of last season throwing fastballs and sliders as a reliever. "I got away from the changeup, but I worked on it a lot," Ogando said. Ogando declined an invitation to pitch in the World Baseball Classic, so he could continue to work on the transition back to the rotation. "It was hard because I wanted to pitch," Ogando said. "But I've got an opportunity to be a starter here. I want to work at that."