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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Pitcher Alexi Ogando is on the preliminary roster for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic, but he has informed the Texas Rangers that he won't participate.
Ogando told general manager Jon Daniels that he wanted to focus on being a starter, so his plan was to be with the Rangers the entire spring.
The 29-year-old was moved from the bullpen to the rotation this offseason and will be making that transition before slotting in as a starter in 2013. Ogando made the 2011 All-Star team as a starter, starting the season 7-0 with a 2.10 ERA in his first 12 starts. He ended up in the bullpen during the 2011 postseason and pitched well. He was 2-0 with a 3.27 ERA in 66 innings, most of them in relief.
He's now going back into the rotation, joining Yu Darvish, Matt Harrison and Derek Holland. The fifth spot is up for grabs at spring training.