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 had a rough go on Wednesday afternoon against the AL West rival Los Angeles Angels, giving up six runs in 3 1/3 innings to a split-squad team from the Angels in a 12-1 Rangers loss.
Ogando said after the game he was "just getting his work in," and that's a common explanation for pitchers in spring training, but Rangers manager Ron Washington didn't want to hear any of that.
“You want to get your work in, but you always want to see better results,” Washington told reporters following the game.
Ogando added: “You learn from your mistakes. We all need games like this. The most important thing is you feel healthy. I feel fine.”
True, it's a plus that Ogando isn't hurt, but he's going to be a big question mark entering the season most likely as the No. 3 starter until reinforcements come in the form of Matt Harrison and/or Colby Lewis, and later Derek Holland.
We've made it known here plenty of times before, Ogando belongs in the bullpen. He's a great pitcher but just doesn't have the durability, or the pitch arsenal to be a top-notch starter. He is, however, a top-notch reliever and could make the Rangers' strong bullpen even that much stronger.