ARLINGTON -- Rangers manager Ron Washington said Friday that Alexi Ogando doesn't need the rest -- he last pitched in relief Sunday against Detroit. But the four days off certainly doesn't hurt.
"It will do nothing but make him stronger," Washington said.
The Rangers aren't going to use Ogando just to throw him, Washington said. And, for instance, the Yankees' lineup set up Wednesday where left-handed rookie Robbie Ross was only going to pitch to six batters at most. The last was left-handed-hitting Robinson Cano, whom Ross entered to face with two outs in the fourth inning. Ross ended up going 2 2/3 scoreless innings, retiring all eight batters he faced.
Also, with Ogando, there's not a concern with his sharpness. He had 10 strikeouts and zero walks this season, tied for the most K's without a walk this season in baseball.
"It's not going to affect his pitches in the strike zone," Washington said. "He's a strike thrower. It's not like he's a guy that erratic, and now that he doesn't pitch, he's going to be more erratic. That's not him."