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July 29, 2012

Rangers could add bullpen help

With the starting pitchers remaining on the trade deadline either too highly priced or simply undesirable, the Rangers appear to currently favor moving Alexi Ogando to the rotation and adding bullpen help before Tuesday's trade deadline.

The elbow discomfort that has sacked Neftali Feliz somewhat forces the Rangers' hand with Ogando, though they might have favored him in the rotation ahead of Feliz. But with no Feliz to fill Ogando's hole in the bullpen, the Rangers would need to look elsewhere.

"We can’t clone him," general manager Jon Daniels said of Ogando. "We’re looking at Ogando, stretching him out as a starter. We’ve got some good baseball people who think he can give us a shot in the arm."

Ogando will be available tonight for the first time since he threw 44 pitches over 2 2/3 innings Friday night. With Roy Oswalt possibly unable to carry a heavy workload in his first start in nearly two weeks, the Rangers could get another chance to stretch out Ogando.

The Rangers were quickly linked to Kansas City closer Jonathan Broxton and Colorado set-up man Rafael Betancourt, who is under contract for 2013.

-- Jeff Wilson


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