Rangers convinced that Ogando is ready

Rangers convinced that Ogando is ready

ARLINGTON -- Manager Ron Washington and pitching coach Mike Maddux met with Alexi Ogando on Wednesday and offered him more time off if he felt he needed it. Ogando declined, and will rejoin the rotation on Saturday against the Athletics.

"He was adamant that he is ready to pitch, so he'll take the ball," Washington said. "I'm convinced. It doesn't have to be a no-hitter, just keep us in the ballgame. Hopefully, he is ready to keep the ball down and throw it for strikes. If he does that, he'll be fine."

Ogando went 2-2 with a 7.14 ERA in six starts in August, prompting the Rangers to skip him in the rotation. Scott Feldman took his spot on Monday, a 5-1 loss to the Rays, although Ogando was used out of the bullpen and pitched a scoreless ninth.

"I saw he was able to keep the ball down," Maddux said. "He had a nice changeup and threw his breaking ball for strikes. It was short, but good."

Maddux and Ogando have been working on some mechanical issues, but Maddux felt that Ogando needed a mental break as he battles the grind of his first full season as a starter.

"I was working hard and maybe thinking too hard," Ogando said. "Thinking and trying to do too much. Maybe that was the mental part."