Ranaudo optioned to Triple-A, out of fifth-starter competition

Ranaudo optioned to Triple-A, out of fifth-starter competition

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Rangers have optioned pitcher Anthony Ranaudo to Triple-A Round Rock, removing another candidate from the fifth-starter competition.

Ranaudo held the Athletics to two runs in six innings on Friday, but he was held back early in camp by some elbow issues and never really caught up in the race to be the fifth starter. Ranaudo was acquired from the Red Sox for reliever Robbie Ross Jr. in the offseason and will join prospect Alex Gonzalez in the Round Rock rotation.

"He is going to go down and start," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "He is going to be part of our starting depth so start that process and be ready when we need him."

Nick Martinez appears to be leading that competition, but Nick Tepesch is pitching on Sunday against the Dodgers and Anthony Bass goes against the Royals on Monday. Martinez's next start is Tuesday against the D-backs in Scottsdale. Lisalverto Bonilla is also still in camp.

The Rangers also returned pitcher Ross Ohlendorf to Minor League camp and told pitcher Juan Carlos Oviedo that he would not make the team. Oviedo was offered a Minor League assignment, but can take his free agency and wants time to consider his options.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.