Ogando, Feliz get back on the mound

Ogando, Feliz get back on the mound

Ogando, Feliz get back on the mound
CHICAGO -- Rangers right-handers Alexi Ogando and Neftali Feliz threw off the mound Tuesday for the first time since their injuries, with both pitchers looking "smooth," manager Ron Washington said.

"They certainly didn't air it out down there, but they got on the rubber," Washington said.

Ogando, who has been on the disabled list since June 12 (retroactive to June 11) with a strained groin, threw 32 pitches. Washington said Ogando threw all of his pitches, though it took him a while to get in a groove.

"Maybe the first 10, 11 of them you could see he was tentative pushing off his back leg, but after that he started getting down hill and driving pretty good," Washington said. "Once he finished, he was smiling, so he was happy with what he did and I was happy with what I saw."

Feliz, who has been on the DL since May 21 (retroactive to May 19) with right elbow inflammation, threw 28 pitches. Washington said Feliz also used all of his pitches and didn't feel any discomfort.

Feliz's recovery was thought to be behind Ogando and left-hander Koji Uehara's (strained lat muscle) but Washington said Feliz is progressing quicker than anticipated.

Ogando and Feliz are scheduled to throw another bullpen session Thursday, while Uehara is scheduled to throw his first on Wednesday.

"Just give them another bullpen in two days and continue to progress them there, then see where we go," Washington said of the right-handers.