Time running low to bolster starting rotation

Time running low to bolster starting rotation

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers are running out of options to upgrade their starting rotation. With the non-waiver Trade Deadline less than two days away, the Rangers could focus on upgrading their bullpen by trading for a reliever and moving Alexi Ogando to the rotation.

That appears to be their best option if they feel a need to reinforce their rotation. Ogando, who was an All-Star as a starter in 2011 before moving back to the bullpen, threw 44 pitches on Friday night. The Rangers would like to get him up to 65-75 pitches if possible before putting him back into the rotation.

The Rangers haven't decided that they will do that. Scott Feldman is right now the Rangers' fifth starter and he took a four-game winning streak into Sunday's series finale against the White Sox.

"If we get Ogando stretched out, I don't know what we're going to do," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "We just want to keep our options open."

The Rangers have been talking about starting pitching in their trade talks with other clubs but missed out on their top two targets. Cole Hamels signed a long-term contract with the Phillies and Zack Greinke was traded by the Brewers to the Angels. A trade for either Marlins right-hander Josh Johnson or Rays right-hander James Shields isn't likely, according to industry sources.