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Ogando Ready For Rehab Start

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    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)

    With Justin Grimm and any combination of Josh Lindblom, Martin Perez and Ross Wolf making starts already for the Texas Rangers, it's clear the starting rotation hasn't quite taken hold like the club would've hoped.

    Alexi Ogando became the second starting pitcher from the Opening Day rotation to hit the disabled list a couple of weeks ago and the fourth in the last year if you count Colby Lewis and Neftali Feliz, who both had season-ending surgery last summer and have yet to return.

    Ogando is ready to return but will first make a rehab start in Frisco on Friday night and then would be ready to return to the Rangers to make a start against the Toronto Blue Jays next week.

    Ogando will throw five innings or 75 pitches in Frisco on Friday in his tuneup for his return. This season, the versatile righty has a 4-2 record with a 3.08 ERA but has struggled getting deep into games as he averages pitching into the sixth inning but rarely gets out of it.