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March 29, 2011

Ryan: Ogando will be temporary starter

Texas Rangers CEO Nolan Ryan doesn’t see Alexi Ogando being a permanent fixture in the starting rotation. Instead, Ryan believes Ogando will spend the majority of the season in the bullpen once projected starters Tommy Hunter and Brandon Webb are able to contribute.

“I think with the needs of our bullpen, [Ogando] is going to need to be in the bullpen over the course of the year,” said Ryan, who attended a media event to unveil the new rightfield videoboard on Tuesday afternoon. “That’s what I would think unless he excels so well that it makes sense to leave him in that position.”

Ryan went on to say that he felt Ogando had the ability to start with his fastball and slider.

“He has the makeup,” Ryan said. “He’ll be fine. I don’t see him pitching in the late innings becaue of the fact of the role he played last year. And he’s really young from the perspective of baseball experience.”

Among other notable items included:

* C.J. Wilson was on hand, and said he is ready to go for opening day. He threw a 45-pitch bullpen session, and his left hamstring feels better.

* Tommy Hunter, sidelined with a groin injury, hasn’t done any baseball activity. He hopes he will be able to within a week. 

* Former Rangers Jeff Burroughs and Charlie Hough will throw out the first pitch on opening day.

-- Drew Davison

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