Ogando stays in 'pen, sustains bruised hand

Ogando stays in 'pen, sustains bruised hand

Ogando stays in 'pen, sustains bruised hand
ARLINGTON -- Alexi Ogando, who still wants to be a starter, is willing to remain in the bullpen while Neftali Feliz recovers from a sprained right elbow.

But Ogando will have to get healthy himself after he left in the eighth inning of Sunday's 12-6 win over the Blue Jays with a bruised right hand. With two outs in the inning, Brett Lawrie lined a ball off Ogando, who recovered in time to throw Lawrie out at first base.

Ogando is listed as day to day. Feliz went on the disabled list last week and will be sidelined until at least the All-Star break.

"I know I'm good help in the bullpen," said Ogando, who allowed a homer Sunday and has given up a run in four of his last five outings. "I know I can do the job, but I still want to be a starter. I know I can do both. But it's not what I want, it's what they want to do. Whatever they want me to do, I will do it."

Right now, the Rangers want Ogando in the bullpen. Scott Feldman, who is 0-2 with a 5.11 ERA in three spot starts this season, is scheduled to start on Tuesday against the Mariners. He allowed five runs in 4 1/3 innings on Wednesday in Seattle. He walked five while struggling with his command.

To help rectify that, Feldman threw 45 pitches in a simulated game on Saturday afternoon.

"I wasn't trying to figure anything out, I was trying to get some work in and see some hitters," Feldman said. "That's what we do in Spring Training when we're getting ready for the season. It has been awhile since I've had regular work."

The Rangers have not committed to anything beyond Feldman making the next start and they still have some interest in free-agent pitcher Roy Oswalt. Like Ogando, Oswalt is not considered an immediate replacement because he has yet to face hitters or pitch in any kind of a game this season.