Alexi Ogando #41 of the Texas Rangers pitches against the Houston Astros in the first inning at Minute Maid Park on April 3, 2013 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
Alexi Ogando has had a rough year. When he's pitched, he's pitched pretty well, sporting a 4-2 record with a 2.93 ERA in 55 1/3 innings, even if those 55 1/3 innings have spanned 10 starts and his efficiency has been a problem at times.
But the problem for Ogando this season is that he just hasn't been pitching very much and is in the midst of a second stay on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation that occured after just one start returning from his first DL stint.
Ogando is in Round Rock now, playing with the Triple-A Express and had a fairly rough outing in a rehab start on Saturday, but he left the game happy with what he saw, or moreso with how he felt.
"Yes I think so," Ogando told ESPN Dallas' Todd Wills when asked if he was feeling the best he has all year physically.
Ogando probably has a few more starts at Triple-A Round Rock before he makes his return to Arlington, which the Rangers hope will come immediately following the all-star break, probably against the Baltimore Orioles.
But don't be shocked if the Rangers are extra cautious with him because they can't afford for him to go on the DL again, especially with the shape the pitching rotation is in, as currently constructed, with Nick Tepesch hitting the DL over the weekend and Justin Grimm resembling a struggling long reliever instead of a big-league starter lately.