HOUSTON -- Alexi Ogando pitches for the Rangers on Friday. With Scott Feldman close to returning from the disabled list, this could be Ogando's last start until after the All-Star break.
Ogando has lost three straight starts, and the Rangers are considering giving him some downtime to rest from the rigors of his first season as a starter.
"We have talked about using the All-Star break to give him some time just to recharge his batteries until we put him back out there," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said. "We have done that in the Minors with some of our guys. We have had them skip a start. Martin Perez has been skipped. We do that with some of our young pitchers who are going through the grind."
Ogando could start on Friday, then be optioned to the Minors until after the All-Star break. Because they have an off-day on July 18, the Rangers would not need a fifth starter until July 23. Ogando wouldn't actually report to the Minors, but would rather just rest and work on the side with pitching coach Mike Maddux.
Right now, though, Texas has no plans to move Ogando back to the bullpen. The Rangers' biggest concern is getting Ogando to throw his changeup. Maddux has been working with Ogando on that in his bullpen throwing sessions.
"He has a good one, he's just got to throw it," Maddux said.