Notes: Pitchers added to 40-man roster

Rangers notes: Additions to 40-man roster

ARLINGTON -- Pitchers Alexi Ogando and A.J. Murray have been added to the Rangers 40-man roster.

Ogando, a Rule 5 draft pick out of the Oakland Athletics farm system, is a converted outfielder who pitched in the Dominican Summer League for the first time last season and was 4-0 with an 0.59 ERA in 16 games. He struck out 44 and walked three in 302/3 innings.

Murray was 4-4 with a 3.26 ERA in 11 games, including 10 starts, for Double-A Frisco and 2-5 with a 5.25 ERA in 14 games for Class A Bakersfield in 2005. He also pitched in nine games for the Grand Canyon Rafters in the Arizona Fall League this year, going 3-2 with a 5.30 ERA. He was a 19th-round pick in the 2000 draft but missed all of 2006 after undergoing shoulder surgery.

Coaching staff set: The Rangers have officially announced the hiring of bench coach Art Howe and first-base coach Gary Pettis to new manager Ron Washington's coaching staff. The Rangers also announced that Don Wakamatsu is moving from bench coach to third-base coach.

Bobby Jones, who coached first base last season, has gone back to being Triple-A manager at Oklahoma. Third-base coach Steve Smith has not been retained.

All moves have been expected for some time.

Howe is a former manager with the New York Mets, Oakland Athletics and Houston Astros who has been out of uniform the past two years. He was on the Rangers coaching staff under Bobby Valentine in 1985-88.

Pettis played for the Rangers in 1990-91 and spent the past two seasons as the hitting coach for the Nashville Sounds, the Brewers' Triple-A franchise. He was a coach at the Major League level for the Mets in 2003-04 and the Chicago White Sox in 2001-02.

Pitching coach Mark Connor, bullpen coach Dom Chiti and hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo are all returning from last year's staff.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.