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July 24, 2012

Tuesday's Rangers pregame notes

Alexi Ogando wants to be in the rotation, and the Texas Rangers will consider moving him back in it.

The Rangers' rotation suffered a major loss on Monday when Colby Lewis was lost for the season. Martin Perez has been called up, and is starting tonight. But Ogando is an option, although the challenge for the Rangers will be to stretch Ogando out.

Asked about the possibility of moving to the rotation, Ogando said: "That's my wish. That is no secret."

Ogando has made one start this season, throwing three perfect innings at San Francisco on June 10. That happened to be the game where Ogando suffered a right groin strain that put him on the disabled list for more than a month.

Ogando has returned to the bullpen, and has allowed runs in two of his four appearances. Ogando said his command of the strike zone isn't "right," but that it can come back real quick.

Here are a few other notes:

* Roy Oswalt is expected to start on Sunday against the Chicago White Sox. He will throw a bullpen session on Friday, and believes he caught the back irritation early before it became more serious.

* Mark Lowe threw a 35-pitch bullpen session today, and reported feeling well. He said the bullpen session was better than his first one on Sunday, as he was more consistent in his delivery. Lowe is scheduled to throw another bullpen on Thursday, and could be ready to begin a medical rehabilitation assignment on Sunday or Monday.

* Koji Uehara threw off flat ground today, and felt no pain. It was the first time Uehara has thrown since the team was in Oakland last week. Next up will be a long toss session and, if all goes well, a bullpen session would follow.

* Mike Napoli is feeling better at the plate lately, but said: "I am not all the way back." Napoli has hit three home runs in the past three games, including a two-run shot on Monday.

-- Drew Davison

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