Texas Rangers: Mason Tobin

A few more quick notes from Rangersland for you:

* RHP Tommy Hunter is expected to start in Triple-A Rpound Rock on Saturday against Albuquerque in a rehab outing. It's his first rehab start since May 9 for Round Rock, when he aggravated his strained right groin on the final pitch. Hunter has still not made his 2011 debut with the Rangers after injuring the groin originally in spring training.

* RHP Mason Tobin had Tommy John surgery Wednesday. Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala., performed the surgery. Tobin is expected to still be rehabbing from the surgery at the beginning of next season.
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The biggest thing Wednesday's roster moves do for Ron Washington is give him some lineup flexibility.

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And specifically, he gives him more options with Mike Napoli.

No longer does Washington have to worry about not having another catcher on the bench if he wants to utilize Napoli at DH or off the bench as a pinch-hitter. The Rangers brought up Taylor Teagarden and long man Brett Tomko from Triple-A Round Rock and optioned Michael Kirkman back to Triple-A.

Washington said Napoli remains the backup catcher and would be behind the plate ahead of Teagarden. But instead of having Andres Blanco as the "emergency" catcher, Washington has an official third catcher.

"I feel great," Teagarden said. "I was really pleased with how my spring went defensively. I've started getting some knocks and going good with the bat. I was happy overall with the way I started off and I was having fun down there."

Other notes:

* Washington has Ian Kinsler as the DH on Wednesday to give his legs a day off and really two days with the off day on Thursday. The manager plans on getting Elvis Andrus and Nelson Cruz some days at DH soon too. He would also like to do that with Adrian Beltre. In that case, Michael Young would likely play third and Washington said Chris Davis might even play first in that same lineup.

* Eric Hurley was released from a New Orleans hospital on Wednesday, two days after he was struck in the head by a line drive at Triple-A Round Rock. Hurley was diagnosed with a moderate concussion and a small fracture above the right temple. He has not been cleared to travel, but is expected to come to Arlington this weekend. He'll undergo further evaluation before the club decides when he can resume baseball activities.

* Mason Tobin said he had an MRI on Wednesday and is waiting on the results. He said his elbow feels sore, but that it's nothing like what he felt before the three surgeries. Then, he said he felt pain. "This is just soreness," Tobin said. The club hasn't decided what move to make to create room for Brett Tomko on the 40-man roster and how those MRI results look could impact the decision.

Roster moves give Wash more options

April, 20, 2011
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers have placed Mason Tobin, who left Tuesday's game with pain in his elbow, on the 60-day disabled list with right ulnar collateral ligament inflammation.

Tobin underwent an MRI on Wednesday that showed the extent of his injury. By putting him on the 60-day disabled list, the Rangers can make room for Brett Tomko on the 40-man roster. He was called up from Triple-A Round Rock along with catcher Taylor Teagarden on Wednesday. Michael Kirkman was optioned to Triple-A. The club must make a move to put Tomko on the 40-man roster. One possibility is place Wilmer Font, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, on the 60-day DL.

The move allows manager Ron Washington to increase the versatility of Mike Napoli. The plan when the club traded for Napoli was that he could play first base and DH and would be the third catcher. But bullpen issues in the spring forced the team to trade Matt Treanor, making Napoli the backup catcher. That also handcuffed Washington from playing Napoli as the DH for fear of losing the DH if Yorvit Torrealba got hurt.

Now he can move Napoli around a little more if he chooses.

Tobin, picked up in the Rule 5 draft from the Angels (the Cubs drafted him and traded him to Texas), must spend 90 days on the active roster or be offered back to the Angels. But those 90 days can carry over to 2012 if this injury lingers.

'Just one of those nights' for Rangers

April, 19, 2011
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- During the course of a 162-game season, every team has nights like the one the Rangers endured Tuesday.

Next to nothing went right in a 15-4 blowout loss to the Angels, who crawled back into a tie in the AL West, setting up Wednesday's rubber game in this three-game series. It was also the Rangers' first home loss in 2011, dropping them to 7-1 on the season in Arlington.

"Those are always tough nights," second baseman Ian Kinsler said. "Standing out there a while getting your butt kicked is no fun. It was a long night for us."

Among the not-so-fun moments:

* The Rangers didn't pitch very well. Colby Lewis didn't have his fastball command and despite possibly his best slider of the night, the Angels were able to hit the fastball. He lasted just five innings and gave up four runs on five hits with three walks and three strikeouts. His ERA is now 5.82.

* Mason Tobin felt some tightness in his right elbow, the same one that has been through three surgeries. He'll get an MRI on Wednesday.

* Michael Kirkman just didn't have anything working for him. He allowed six runs in 1 2/3 innings and because he couldn't get outs, the Rangers had to use long man Dave Bush for two innings.

* The Rangers made four errors, including one you normally see on a little league field. Left fielder David Murphy charged a single by Peter Bourjous and it went right under his glove. By the time Murphy turned around and chased after it all the way to the wall, Bourjous was able to score on the three-base error. Before Tuesday, the Rangers had eight errors all season.

* Texas did not convert a bases-loaded, one-out opportunity in the fourth that could have tied the game and really tightened things up.

"When we didn't do that, it went downhill," manager Ron Washington said.

Add it all up and the Angels were able to rout the Rangers.

"It was just one of those nights," Washington said. "We didn't get it done."

Rapid Reaction: Angels 15, Rangers 4

April, 19, 2011
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- It was just an ugly night for the Rangers. The Angels jumped all over them, scoring four runs in the first five innings and then piling up four runs in the sixth and five more in the seventh. Texas didn't pitch well, didn't get any clutch hits with a few chances in the early innings and had four errors. Some quick reaction (more to follow from the clubhouse):

* Colby Lewis didn't have much velocity Tuesday and wasn't able to move the ball around the zone enough to keep hitters off balance, especially the second and third time through the lineup. The bottom of the order was particularly good against him (the Nos. 6, 7, 8 and 9 hitters were 4-for-6 with a homer and two walks). Lewis only made it five innings, the fewest innings pitched by a starter normally in the rotation (Dave Bush went three innings in a start in Detroit last week).

* A one-out walk to Alberto Callaspo in the fourth really hurt. Lewis, trying to get a shutdown inning, then threw a 3-0 fastball to Mark Trumbo and it was belted for a two-run homer to put the Angels in front. The Angels scored again in the fifth on a solo shot by Maicer Izturis. Lewis has allowed five homers in his first three starts.

* One thing Lewis has struggled with since joining the Rangers in 2010 is throws to the bases. That showed in the first, when Bobby Abreu's chopper back to the mound gave Lewis trouble. He fielded it and threw low to shortstop Elvis Andrus at second. Andrus made a nice play to get the ball and the out, but it meant the Rangers didn't turn what should have been a double play. Lewis later threw wide of first and was charged with an error. But he got out of the inning with no damage done.

* Lewis was the best in the American League at pitching with runners in scoring position in terms of opponent's average at just .201. After giving up a hit with a runner at third in the second, Lewis gave up a single to put runners on the corners with one out. But he struck out Peter Bourjos and got Izturis to fly out despite falling behind in the count.

* Mason Tobin came in to relieve Lewis, pitched to four batters and then had to come out with right elbow pain. He'll be examined further, but for a guy who had Tommy John surgery, pain in the right elbow isn't good. Read more about that here. It's likely the Rangers will go out and get a pitcher.

* Adrian Beltre had yet another web gem. He charged a slow chop by Vernon Wells, barehanded it and threw off-balance, falling as he did so, to first to get the first out of the fourth inning. Good stretch by Mitch Moreland on the play, as well.

* Moreland continues to have very good at-bats. He hit a 2-1 cutter to left-center for a double with one out in the third. He scored on a single from Ian Kinsler to tie the score.

* Kinsler's RBI occurred with two outs. The Rangers came into the game batting .290 with two outs and runners in scoring position, tops in the league.

* The Rangers loaded the bases in the fourth with one out, but couldn't score. Yorvit Torrealba hit with one out and struck out looking, making him 0-for-12 with runners in scoring position on the season. Torrealba threw out his second baserunner of the season and hit his second homer of the season, a solo shot off the foul pole in left field in the ninth.

* Michael Kirkman came in for Tobin and had his velocity, but he missed over the plate and the Angels took advantage. Kirkman, a starter by trade, didn't warm up for very long (even though he had all the time he wanted because of the injury). I'm not sure that played a part in his struggles, but it's worth noting. Kirkman was taking one for the team Tuesday as the Rangers were trying to save their bullpen in a blowout and just didn't have it. Kirkman gave up six runs (five earned) on six hits in 1 2/3 innings. He had a walk, a strikeout, a wild pitch and a home run. He threw 54 pitches.

* Andres Blanco came in to play third base in the eighth, giving Beltre a bit of a break. Beltre didn't have a hit, ending his streak at nine games. Beltre had an error in the ninth, dropping a ball to allow a run to score.

* Michael Young's single in the eighth gave him a 10-game hitting streak.

* David Murphy charged a ball that should have been a single, but missed it and it turned into a three-base error that allowed a few more runs to score. The ball just went right under Murphy's glove and by the time he got it, Bourjos had run all the way around the bases.

* The Rangers had four errors, their most since making five against Seattle in Arlington on July 29, 2008. They came into the game with eight.
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Rangers reliever Mason Tobin left Tuesday's game with pain in his right elbow and will have an MRI on Wednesday to determine the severity of the injury.

Tobin came in to relieve Colby Lewis in the sixth inning with the Rangers down 4-1. He left after facing four batters and was charged with three runs, two of which scored on Peter Bourjos' single and three-base error by David Murphy.

Tobin, 23, was a Rule 5 draft pickup for the Rangers at the Winter Meetings in 2010. The Cubs drafted him from the Angels' organization and traded him to Texas.

Before 2011, Tobin had never been above Class A. He had not appeared in a game in nearly two years after Tommy John surgery on his right elbow in June 2009. He had pitched just 25 professional games before this season, the last one was on April 15, 2009. He made his Major League debut on April 2 vs. Boston.

As a Rule-5 draftee, Tobin must remain on the club's active roster for 90 days to avoid having to be offered back to the club that originally had him. If Tobin doesn't hit 90 active days it can carry over to 2012.

Notes: Mark Lowe plans to look at video

April, 13, 2011
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DETROIT -- Mark Lowe said he's going to go to the video after another disappointing outing in the Rangers' 3-2 loss to the Tigers on Wednesday.

Lowe came into the game with the Rangers up 2-0 in the sixth inning and couldn't find his fastball command, getting behind in counts and allowing big hits as the Tigers tied it up.

"I definitely need to go back and look at some video from when I was successful in '09 and see if I see anything different," Lowe said. "Maybe I'll come across something that could help me carry it throughout the rest of the year. I'd like to go back and take a look at that and see what I think."

In the sixth, Lowe was behind in the count 2-0 to Victor Martinez, who led the inning off with a double.

"I had to throw him a fastball there and was hoping he would hit it to somebody and get a quick out," Lowe said.

He fell behind Brennan Boesch at 3-1 and threw a changeup that Lowe said wasn't a bad pitch. But Boesch drilled it to right field for another double, scoring the first run. The Tigers got the second run on a sacrifice fly by Brandon Inge, who later homered in the ninth to win the game. Nelson Cruz caught Inge's fly, but his throw was off the mark. It would have had to be perfect to get Boesch tagging up from third.

"I had to bear down and keep them there," Lowe said.

Velocity is not the problem for Lowe. Just like in spring training, he's hitting 97 mph on his fastball, but it's flat and doesn't have movement. And when he's not throwing it in the locations he wants, most of the time it's either out of the strike zone or getting hit.

"I know I throw hard, but I don't focus on it," Lowe said. "It doesn't dictate my outing for me."

Lowe now has a 13.50 ERA. He also has options left, meaning the club could send him to Triple-A and let him try to figure things out down there. We'll wait and see.

Other notes:

* Mason Tobin was impressive in his two-inning stint. "I thought he was good," manager Ron Washington said. "He kept the ball down, got through some innings." Tobin gave up no runs on one hit with one walk. His ERA is now 3.60.

* Dave Bush wasn't happy about throwing 71 pitches and only getting through three innings. But he was glad he worked out of some jams to keep the game scoreless. "I was fine with my changeup and breaking stuff, but the fastball command wasn't there," Bush said. "That's what I want to work on for next time."

Bush was pitching for the first time this season. He expected some rust and he felt he had some of that on Wednesday.

* David Murphy played well as he started in left field, something he'll do quite often the next six to eight weeks while Josh Hamilton is out. He had two singles, two stolen bases and an RBI.

* Michael Young batted third on Wednesday and was 1-for-4 with a double. The double tied Pudge Rodriguez for the most in Rangers history. He also has a 15-game hitting streak against the Tigers and his hitting .443 in that span.
Quick note: In case you missed our postgame coverage, click here for Rapid Reaction from the game, here for a story on Ian Kinsler's versatility and here for Adrian Beltre's big night.

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Mason Tobin wasn't going to allow one pitch to ruin his Major League debut. The 23-year-old found himself in a 12-3 game in the seventh inning on Saturday and tried to relax and throw pitches.

"I was nervous, but not as nervous as I thought I was going to be," Tobin said.

He started his inning by hitting Jarrod Saltalamacchia, but then got Marco Scutaro to fly out. His 3-2 pitch to Jacoby Ellsbury wasn't bad -- Tobin said it was "OK" -- but Ellsbury was sitting on fastball and belted it out to right for a two-run homer.

"I couldn't get anything else over at that point and he was sitting on it," Tobin said.

But it was his at-bat against Adrian Gonzalez that he's going to take with him and use as a confidence booster.

"I just trusted my stuff and let it tail out there and get a ground ball," Tobin said. "That's what happened. He hit into a double play. He's a good hitter and it was nice to do that."

Tobin said he didn't trust himself when the inning started and he should have. It's a lesson he'll apply his next time on the mound.

For Tobin, Saturday was the official end to two years of injury issues. He was obtained by the Rangers in the Rule 5 draft after the Cubs selected him out of the Angels' organization and traded him to Texas. Tobin made the Rangers' struggling bullpen out of spring despite never having thrown above Class A. Add in that he was injured the past two seasons -- dealing with recovery from Tommy John surgery -- and Tobin is a real underdog story.

"It was good that I got that first one out of the way," Tobin said. "I just have to learn from it and keep going."

Notes: Ron Washington talks bullpen

April, 2, 2011
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Manager Ron Washington had some kudos for his bullpen after they gave up one run in the final 3 1/3 innings on Opening Day after struggling during spring training.

Outside of David Ortiz's solo home run (off a fastball that Darren Oliver said caught too much of the plate), the bullpen kept the Red Sox hitters from doing much on Opening Day and the Rangers' offense did the rest. Some notes from Washington's chat with the media:

* He said he did not contemplate going with Darren O'Day to pitch to the right-handed hitting Kevin Youkilis to start the eighth inning.

"Darren Oliver isn't a specialized guy," Washington said. "He can get hitters out no matter what. I wanted him to start his own inning."

* Washington will try to ease Pedro Strop and Mason Tobin into a game much like he did with Mark Lowe on Friday. At some point, Washington will give those guys a shot and see what happens. How they do will determine how many more chances -- and when -- they get them.

* The manager said had the Rangers scored one more run to make it a 5-run game, he likely would have pitched Strop in the ninth and not used closer Neftali Feliz. "But it's the Boston Red Sox and I didn't want them coming back," Washington said. "If they were going to come back, they had to do it against Feliz."

* The animated talk that Washington gave Lowe before the righty pitched to catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia wasn't something the manager wanted to go into detail about. But he said it was a pep talk. "I just gave him some confidence in my way," Washington said. (Wish I could have been on the mound to hear that one).

* Washington said he has a start in mind for David Murphy, but didn't say which game. Sunday has to be tempting as Murphy is 5-for-7 off Clay Buchholz.

Reminder: In-game chat tonight at 7:15 right here on the blog.
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Rangers manager Ron Washington doesn't really have an eighth-inning setup guy in his bullpen. He's hoping he has several.

The manager said a few hours before the first pitch of Opening Day that he will "mix and match" his veterans. That means if the game is close late today, expect to see lefties Darren Oliver or Athur Rhodes or right-hander Darren O'Day. That makes O'Day the primary right-handed eighth-inning guy for now.

Washington said that Mason Tobin will get in the game in low-pressure situations as a means of easing him in. Mark Lowe and Pedro Strop will "get more innings as we go along." That means Washington will have to pitch them when he can and let their performance dictate how much more time they get on the mound and when.

The uncertainity in the bullpen (and Tommy Hunter's groin) is what led to the trade of Matt Treanor so that the club could carry eight relievers and try to get things figured out down there.

Mason Tobin is happy to be here

April, 1, 2011
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- One of the surprises of the Rangers opening day roster is right handed reliever Mason Tobin's selection to the team.

Tobin was a long shot to make the club, considering he was coming back from Tommy John surgery and hadn't pitched beyond Class A.

But this spring, Tobin posted a 1.86 ERA in eight games.

"It hasn’t quite hit me yet," said Tobin, who the Rangers acquired at the Rule 5 Draft in December. "I'm pretty sure it will hit me when I get to run out on the field. I had no expectations. I didn’t expect to make the club, I knew I had the ability but I didn’t expect to make the club being where I came from and having no time over A ball. Besides spring training, I threw in big league games in spring training with the Angels and stuff like that."

When and if Tobin pitches it will be the first time he's entered a game in the major leagues. He pitched in 25 minor league games going 6-4 with a 2.43 ERA. But injuries slowed him down and he had Tommy John surgery in June 2009.

"For my first outing, I got into a game and when I was finished I felt nothing and it went all away," he said. "I wasn't worried about my health, I was healthy. Now I worry about just pitching."

Opening Day facts and figures

April, 1, 2011
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Here are some interesting numbers to chew on before we get things going (thanks to ESPN Stats & Info and Rangers media relations):

* This is the Rangers' 40th season in Arlington. They are 19-20 overall on Opening Day and have won two straight, including the walk-off win over Toronto at home last season.

* This is the third time the Rangers have opened against the Red Sox, both previous times in Arlington. Texas won 5-3 in 1996 with Ken Hill getting a win over Roger Clemens. The Rangers lost, 7-3, in 2006 with Curt Schilling getting the best of Kevin Millwood.

* The Rangers have played just one previous Opening Day games on Friday. Taht was 1976, when Gaylord Perry pitched a complete game in a 2-1 win in the 11th inning (Toby Harrah got the winning hit).

* Texas has five players on the Opening Day roster for the first time: Derek Holland, Mitch Moreland, Alexi Ogando, Pedtro Strop and Mason Tobin. Of that group, only Tobin has yet to make his Major League debut.

* This is the eighth time Darren Oliver has appeared on the Texas Opening Day roster.

* Look out for Michael Young today. He's 6-for-13 with a double, homer and 2 RBIs in the last three openers.

* Young starts at DH, meaning four of his Opening Day starts have occurred at different positions. Young will be one shy of Ivan Rodriguez’s franchise record of 11 straight Opening Day starts. Young is fourth in franchise history in games played with 1,508.

Here's the full Opening Day roster

March, 31, 2011
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The Rangers have made all of their moves and have the full roster. Here it is:

Below is a listing of the 2011 Opening Day roster:

RH Pitchers (8)
Dave Bush
Neftali Feliz
Colby Lewis
Mark Lowe
Darren O'Day
Alexi Ogando
Pedro Strop
Mason Tobin

LH Pitchers (5)
Matt Harrison
Darren Oliver
C.J. Wilson
Arthur Rhodes
Derek Holland

Catchers (2)
Mike Napoli
Yorvit Torrealba

Infielders (6)
Elvis Andrus
Adrian Beltre
Andres Blanco
Ian Kinsler
Mitch Moreland
Michael Young

Outfielders (4)
Julio Borbon
Nelson Cruz
Josh Hamilton
David Murphy

15-Day Disabled List (4)
RHP Omar Beltre (spine surgery)
RHP Scott Feldman (right knee surgery)
RHP Tommy Hunter (right groin strain)
RHP Brandon Webb (right rotator cuff surgery)

Some notes (courtesy of Rangers PR guru Rich Rice):

* The Rangers have 5 players on an Opening Day roster for the first time: Derek Holland, Mitch Moreland, Alexi Ogando, Pedro Strop, and Mason Tobin. Tobin is the only member of that group seeking to make his major league debut. There are also 6 players looking to make their Texas debuts: Adrian Beltre, Dave Bush, Mike Napoli, Arthur Rhodes, Mason Tobin, and Yorvit Torrealba.

* With the addition of Bush, the Rangers begin the season with 40 players on the club’s 40-man roster.

* Ticket update:

FRIDAY, APRIL 1 (3:08 p.m.) —COMPLETE SELL OUT

SATURDAY, APRIL 2 (7:15 p.m.)—All reserved seats have been sold. Obstructed view, scattered singles, and standing room tickets remain. Standing room only tickets are priced at $15.00 each and may only be purchased at the ticket windows at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

SUNDAY, APRIL 3 (1:08 p.m.)—Approximately 3,000 reserved tickets remain.

Tickets for 2011 Rangers home games can be purchased by calling 972-RANGERS, at texasrangers.com, or at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington ticket office.

A look at the decisions that remain

March, 28, 2011
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SURPRISE, Ariz. -- As spring training ends today, the Rangers still have some questions to answer in regards to the roster. Here's a look:

* Who is the fifth starter? The leading candidate is Alexi Ogando, who is being stretched out to start and is scheduled to pitch against Coastal Carolina on Tuesday in Myrtle Beach, S.C. If he ends up in the rotation, that creates some more questions in the bullpen.

* How many spots are available in the pen? Well, that depends. First, let's assume the club goes with a 12-man staff, which means seven bullpen spots. If Ogando is in the rotation, that leaves four pitchers fighting for two spots: Mason Tobin, Brett Tomko, Pedro Strop and Mark Lowe. Tobin is a Rule 5 pick, so if he isn't on the active roster, the Rangers risk losing him. Tomko is on a minor league deal and doesn't have an out until June. Strop and Lowe have options. The Rangers will let it play out for a few more days.

The club is exploring all options, and that includes carrying eight relievers. The club could elect to use one of those relievers as a starter at times in the first month or two of the season if needed. If the team keeps eight, that means three of the four remaining candidates can make the roster. But keeping eight also means shortening the bench, so I think it's a long shot. Julio Borbon should break with the club if he's healthy (and he played Sunday). So how does the club shorten the bench in that scenario? They could go with Mike Napoli as the backup catcher and leave Matt Treanor off. But they like Treanor's catching ability and the insurance of having him on the bench. Again, that seems unlikely. UPDATE: Apparently this was more likely than I let on. The club traded Treanor to Kansas City this morning.

* Tobin, to me, is on this team. He's pitched well and the club doesn't want to lose him. Lowe will get some more chances this week to impress. He put up zeroes in his last outing, so we'll see. Strop has had the better spring, so he could get on the roster and Lowe could end up in Triple-A to work on his stuff, which includes a curve that he's learning.

* What about Tomko? Dave Bush is on the team, so the club doesn't need to carry both of them. But if you're wondering how to keep Ogando as the eighth-inning setup role and bolster the bullpen some, what about starting Tomko? Not likely, but just a thought.

Keep in mind that this fifth starter spot could be temporary. The club could have a look at Ogando and see how he does. Then, when Tommy Hunter or Brandon Webb are ready -- or if Michael Kirkman or Eric Hurley push their way in the discussion -- the team can look at the options. If Ogando is struggling, he could always end up back in the bullpen.

Anyway, we'll see how it all sorts out. One way or the other, the club will be ready come Friday.

Rangers stretching out Alexi Ogando

March, 27, 2011
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SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Rangers have not made any decisions on the fifth spot in the starting rotation, but Alexi Ogando will be stretched out as a starter again and is expected to pitch in Myrtle Beach, S.C., on Tuesday.

Ogando, 27, appears to be the leading internal candidate, but the club isn't making any firm calls. They can also see if any external possibilities pop up in the next few days. The Rangers don't need a fifth starter until April 5 against Seattle, but if they pitch Ogando on Tuesday, he could be ready to go as the No. 4 starter, allowing them to split up the lefties. They could elect to go with lefties Matt Harrison and Derek Holland back-to-back if they need the extra day to decide.

Another option is to carry Dave Bush (Washington said today he's made the team), Ogando and Brett Tomko on the team and then decide closer to that date which one may start and how they want to operate. But it seems more likely they'll pick a fifth guy and go with it.

If Ogando ends up getting the job, the Rangers would have two bullpen spots available. The four remaining candidates: Mark Lowe, Tomko, Mason Tobin and Pedro Strop. Manager Ron Washington would not rule out Tomko despite Bush making the team.

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