Alexi Ogando wasn’t exactly thrilled with the decision last month to take him out of the starting rotation and back into the bullpen again, but now that he has settled into his role, he is working on refining his delivery.
The right-hander said that he is working to move to a high arm slot to help keep his should healthy and get him back in the same comfortable slot he threw the first few seasons of his career.
The results have been mixed in three appearances, as he has struggled with his command. But with Tanner Scheppers in the bullpen and Neftali Feliz in the minors, the Rangers need Ogando to work out an issues.
“He’s got more velocity on his fastball and more run,” manager Ron Washington said. “When you’re not as effective as you’re capable of being, you go back in the archives. He’s been working on it. I think it’s feel, and he’s starting to get a consistent feel.”
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Feliz is also working on a similar adjustment at Triple A Round Rock, and has logged two scoreless appearances to open the season. His fastball velocity, which had waned late in spring camp, has jumped to 96 mph.
The Rangers, though, are in no rush to promote him to the majors.
“I think he could come up and be competitive right now,” general manager Jon Daniels said. “But he’s got a chance to be a great dynamic, back-end piece, and we want to do what we can to get him there.”
Donnie Murphy started for a second straight game Monday for the first time this season as Washington begins to give his second basemen back-to-back games. Josh Wilson will start the final two games against the Red Sox.
Michael Choice will start for the second time on the Rangers’ road trip Tuesday against left-hander Felix Doubront. Choice, a right-handed hitter, will likely play in the outfield and lefty-hitting designated hitter Mitch Moreland will sit.
Left-hander Matt Harrison will make another rehab start Tuesday morning with Double A Frisco. He is expected to pitch four innings or 65 pitches and is still on schedule to return April 23.