Notes: Alexi Ogando throws 6 solid innings

March, 28, 2012
3/28/12
5:23
PM CT
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Texas Rangers pitcher Alexi Ogando threw six innings in a minor league game on Wednesday with pitching coach Mike Maddux, his brother Greg and manager Ron Washington looking on.

Ogando, 28, impressed the skipper with his breaking stuff and how he attacked hitters. Ogando threw 90 pitches and allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits with eight strikeouts and no walks.

"I was hitting my spots and felt good," Ogando said through a translator. "I was working on my sinker and throwing inside."

Ogando added that he's also fine-tuned his changeup, which was also on display during his six-inning outing.

The Rangers are expected to name the starting rotation (and the order) on Thursday and Ogando knows he's likely not in that mix. The club wants to wait for Neftali Feliz to throw a bullpen session just to be completely sure he's ready before it announces anything. Feliz felt good on Wednesday and the club isn't expecting any issues.

"I'm ready for the season," Ogando said. "I know what they are asking me to do. I'm a team player and will do what they teams asks me to do."

More on Ogando on the blog Thursday morning.

Other notes:

* CF Josh Hamilton is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game after playing the past two days. It's just a chance to get Hamilton a break. He's expected to play center field two of the next four games with Craig Gentry also getting time out there.

* Washington said he talked with Gentry recently and expects the outfielder to work on his running game each time he gets on base. Gentry is feeling fine and will start tonight's game.

* Utility infield candidate Luis Hernandez said he's enjoying himself in camp and hopes he can do enough to show he belongs with the big club when the season starts. Hernandez had a couple of hits in Tuesday's game and made a nice diving stop to start a double play, but he also made an errant throw to first base.

"I rushed it just a little bit and it got away from me," Hernandez said.
Richard Durrett joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.

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