DETROIT, MI - APRIL 11: Alexi Ogando #41 of the Texas Rangers throws a pitch while playing the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on April 11, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Alexi Ogando
After leaving Tuesday's start earlier than he should have with a blister on his right index finger, Rangers starter Alexi Ogando is now questionable to make Sunday's series finale start against the New York Yankees.
Ogando pitched six strong innings in Tuesday's eventual 4-3 loss to Seattle, a loss the bullpen was tabbed with, not Ogando. He said after the game he would be fine and would make his next scheduled start.
He hasn't thrown since and still says he will start on Sunday.
Many folks question the "toughness" of pitchers who miss starts because of blisters.
Some questions arose in October and November when C.J. Wilson left his Game 2 start in the World Series with a blister, even though it had rendered his pitches basically useless. It's a pretty big deal for a pitcher to have and isn't nearly as minor as it sounds.
To compensate for Ogando's injury, the Rangers optioned catcher Taylor Teagarden back to Triple-A Round Rock to once again carry eight bullpen pitchers.
If Ogando has to miss his Sunday start, it will likely be a bullpen-by-committee start led by Dave Bush.
"If it gets to the point where we're concerned with it, he just might have to miss a start," Ron Washington told the Star-Telegram's Anthony Andro. "The extra five days would probably help. I want to make sure this blister can get behind us."