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May 06, 2011

Ogando's blister reason for Rangers keeping eight pitchers

The Rangers sent catcher Taylor Teagarden to Round Rock to make roster space for closer Neftali Feliz, who was activated from the disabled list. The moves leaves the Rangers with eight members in the bullpen and some help in case right-hander Alexi Ogando can't make his Sunday start.

Ogando left his last start in Seattle because of a blister, which has been a problem for him early this season. Ogando said he would be able to make his start, but manager Ron Washington wasn't so sure. Ogando hasn't thrown a bullpen since his last start. Washington said not throwing a bullpen doesn't necessarily mean Ogando won't start, but that the club would wait until Saturday to make the decision. Ogando now has a fake fingernail on his right index finger to try and shield the blister.

Washington said if Ogando can't go, the Rangers would have to go with a bullpen start.

- Anthony Andro


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