ARLINGTON -- With the Rangers already having clinched their spot in the playoffs, manager Ron Washington is taking the opportunity to make sure that every pitcher who will be on the playoff roster will be well rested, especially the starters. After Alexi Ogando pitched just two innings on Saturday, Washington said he does not expect Sunday's starter Derek Holland to go longer than five innings. "Today, Holland is five innings. If he gets through five very conveniently, there might be a sixth one, but that's it," Washington said. "I'm not going to let him stay out there and throw over 100 [pitches], I hope. C.J. [Wilson on Monday], maybe three innings, then after that we'll see where we are."
Ogando's short outing in his last start of the season could be a precursor to a move to the bullpen, as Washington reiterated on Sunday that the team would sport a four-man playoff rotation. The Rangers aren't ready to say what they plan to do with Ogando. "We know what we want to do, we're just not ready to say it yet," Washington said. The frontline relievers are also getting a rest, as Washington said that closer Neftali Feliz and setup men Koji Uehara and Mike Adams were getting Sunday off.