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August 27, 2013

Rangers' Alexi Ogando moves closer to mound work

Right-hander Alexi Ogando (shoulder) stretched out his throwing program to 120 feet without any issues, and the Rangers expect him to throw off a mound this weekend.

They also expect him to return from his third stint on the disabled list as a starting pitcher, an area where depth has been an issue throughout the season.

“That’s our intention,” manager Ron Washington said. “We haven’t discussed anything else.”

The Rangers turned to Travis Blackley when Ogando hit the DL again Aug. 22, and the Rangers have won both games the left-hander has started. He will make a third start Sunday against Minnesota.

With starting pitching depth a problem all season, keeping Ogando as a starter makes sense. Getting Ogando stretched out might not be easy with minor-league seasons coming to a close and fewer places for him to go on a rehab assignment. The Rangers can build his arm strength through simulated games.

-- Jeff Wilson



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