Washington thinks Ogando back on upswing

Washington thinks Ogando back on upswing

ARLINGTON -- Rangers manager Ron Washington thinks the worst is over for All-Star starting pitcher Alexi Ogando, who had a rough patch in the middle of the season.

"I think he had his serious hiccup," Washington said. "I don't think he's the type of pitcher that you'll see go through what he went through again where he's going to have games that will go back-to-back-to-back like that. Not to say that you wont see him have a bad inning or a bad game, it's going to happen to everybody."

In three consecutive starts against the Yankees, Braves and Mets, Ogando gave up three or more runs in five or less innings.

"He's not a dumb kid, he's a very smart kid," Washington said. "He does what he can to make adjustments, just like the league is making adjustments on him. They got to watch out, because he's making adjustments on them, too."

The 27-year-old right-hander, who is 10-4 with a 2.79 ERA, will start Friday's series opener against the Blue Jays in Toronto.