HOUSTON -- Rangers manager Ron Washington said Alexi Ogando, who has lost three straight starts, will start on Friday against the Marlins in Arlington. But the Rangers are discussing other alternatives if Ogando continues to falter, and Scott Feldman could be one.
One scenario is Ogando could start on Friday and then be optioned to the Minor Leagues until after the All-Star break. He wouldn't actually pitch or even report to the Minor Leagues but would use that time to get some extra rest and then possibly rejoin the rotation after the break.
Feldman, who has been recovering from offseason knee surgery, could be close to the end of his comeback trail and ready to return to the Major Leagues. Feldman is scheduled to pitch seven innings and/or 105 pitches for Triple-A Round Rock on Friday. That is the equivalent of how long a starting pitcher usually goes in his last Spring Training outing leading into the regular season.
If Feldman comes out of that game with no problems, he could be an option for the Rangers, if they decide Ogando needs to come out of the rotation. Ogando has a 9.31 ERA in his last three starts, allowing 15 runs, 10 earned, on 19 hits and two walks in 9 2/3 innings.
"We've discussed some options, we'll see how it goes on Friday," Washington said.
Feldman, a 17-game winner and the Rangers Pitcher of the Year in 2009, underwent surgery on his right knee on Nov. 3 after going 7-11 with a 5.48 ERA in 22 games and seven relief appearances last season. He has pitched 13 innings over his last three starts at Round Rock and has allowed two runs, one earned, on seven hits, two walks and 11 strikeouts.