Washington firm on leaving Ogando in rotation

Washington firm on leaving Ogando in rotation

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers may have bullpen issues, but manager Ron Washington does not see Alexi Ogando as the answer. He made that abundantly clear before Wednesday's game with the Blue Jays.

"I'm not taking him out of the rotation," Washington said.

Washington said that multiple times in the course of the discussion, especially when Tommy Hunter, Brandon Webb and Scott Feldman were brought up. All three are successful Major League pitchers who are on the disabled list but could be back by June 1 or earlier. They are working out in Arizona, and Washington isn't speculating on what will happen when they return.

"I can't answer that question because they are on rehab and Ogando is pitching great," Washington said. "When they're ready, we'll make a decision, but I'm not taking [Ogando] out of the rotation. ... I'm not taking him out of the rotation if he continues to pitch like this.

"I'm not going to rob Peter to pay Paul. Paul has to earn his pay. Ogando is Peter and those guys are Paul."

Ogando was one of the Rangers' top relievers last season before joining the rotation this year. He is 3-0 with a 2.13 ERA after four starts and will be on the mound on Thursday against the Blue Jays.

"I'm not sure what will happen, but we have to quit talking about Ogando," Washington said.