• Alexi Ogando, on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his right shoulder, threw on flat ground Thursday and will throw a bullpen session on Friday in Arlington. His next step could be live batting practice when the Rangers return home. He will need at least two rehab starts before he returns to the rotation, and Texas isn't expecting him back until after the All-Star break.
Washington reiterated that Ogando will return to the rotation rather than the bullpen.
Said Washington: "We'd like to have Ogando back. When Ogando is ready to go, somebody's got to go or maybe somebody goes to the bullpen. He is going back in the rotation."
• Starting pitchers must go a minimum of five innings to get a victory. Justin Grimm is only the second Rangers pitcher to go the minimum of only five innings in back-to-back starts and get a victory. The other was Aaron Myette in 2002.
• Thursday marked the 40th anniversary of David Clyde's Major League debut with the Rangers. Clyde, who was 18 when he beat the Twins on June 27, 1973, remains the youngest player to ever play for the Rangers.
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.