Mar 6, 2014; Peoria, AZ, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcher Alexi Ogando (41) pitches against the San Diego Padres during the first inning at Peoria Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Alexi Ogando May Sneak Back into the Texas Rangers Rotation


This is the worst I have felt about the Texas Rangers rotation since before Alexi Ogando was even a Texas Rangers pitcher. At this point, I am feeling like the joke of Greg Maddux pitching on opening day should actually be considered. Alexi Ogando has had a very bad spring, but he can pitch. We have all seen it in seasons past. Right now the Texas Rangers starting rotation consists of Martin Perez and Tanner Scheppers. That leaves three vacancies. I am pretty sure Robbie Ross is going to fill one of those spots, and I am pretty sure that Joe Saunders is going to fill another one, whether I like that or not (and for the record, I don’t). Yu Darvish may still start later next week, but there is also an outside chance that he lands on the DL.

“He has not shown the progress that we would like,” assistant general manager Thad Levine said to reporters according to texasrangers.com. “We want to start ruling out things at this point. At this stage, we’re open to it being more than just sleeping wrong.”

If Darvish lands on the DL (Oh please no), then I think that Alexi Ogando would be the best choice for that fifth starters spot. At least we know what we would be getting for the most part from Ogando, unlike with Tommy Hanson or anyone else that could take that spot. We already have three question marks in the rotation with Scheppers, Ross and Saunders. I don’t want to see Alexi Ogando in the rotation to start the season, but if it comes down to a choice between Hanson or Ogando, then I will take Ogando. What do you think? Leave me your comments below, on Facebook or on our twitter or my personal twitter. Thanks.

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  • lmhw24

    I really, really don’t know at this point. My hand is hovering over the panic button.

  • TexasBBTown

    If I had to pick between Ogando and Hanson, I would go with Ogando, no question. He’s probably a slightly higher injury risk, but has a proven ability to pitch five innings while giving up less than four runs. I still really think the Rangers ought to hang on to Hanson, if Hanson is willing to work (some pitchers aren’t, apparently). But until he improves, he’s long relief/spot starter.