"I think I was more aggressive early in the season," Ortiz said. "But not pitching for so many days, I would wonder if I was pitching well or pitching badly and worry too much. I need to work on my mental side. I'm confident I can work this out and be back soon."
The decision came down between Ortiz and Ross Wolf, the right-hander who was called up on May 22. Both players have options. But Washington said the Rangers wanted to keep Wolf because he gives them a long reliever they haven't had since Derek Lowe was released. Wolf's promotion appeared temporary at the time, but right now he has a spot in the bullpen.
"I've been through it before," Wolf said. "I'm older this time, but I don't dwell on it. I just go out there and throw strikes and hope for the best."
Wolf was originally drafted by the Marlins in 2002, and this is his 12th season in professional baseball. He pitched for the Marlins in 2007 and the Athletics in 2010, and didn't even realize he had an option remaining.
"My agent [Matt Sosnick] called the union, and they said I had one left," Wolf said.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.