Alexi Ogando to start again
General manager Jon Daniels said Friday that Ogando was told he would be a starter next season after spending 2012 in the bullpen.
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"He's a strike thrower and he wants to do it, so we're going to give him that opportunity again," Daniels said.
Ogando was pressed into starting duty to begin the 2011 season when Tommy Hunter injured his groin with just a few days left in spring training. Ogando was an All-Star, going 7-0 with a 2.10 ERA in his first 12 starts that season. But he hit a wall later that year and was moved to the bullpen, becoming a versatile and vital relief piece for manager Ron Washington as the team advanced to its second consecutive World Series.
Daniels said Ogando earned a chance to start again in 2012, but circumstances didn't make it possible. Once the team signed closer Joe Nathan and moved Neftali Feliz into the rotation, it needed Ogando to help the bullpen. He was 2-0 with a 3.27 ERA in 58 games (66 innings) with three saves, 66 strikeouts and 17 walks last season.
Feliz is recovering from Tommy John surgery and could return around the All-Star break.
Texas will explore all avenues -- trades and free agency -- to find another starting pitcher for next season.
Daniels acknowledged the move means the team must fill a right-handed setup person in the bullpen. Ogando, along with Mike Adams and Koji Uehara, were the primary right-handers in relief. Adams and Uehara are free agents.
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