SEATTLE -- Rangers starter Alexi Ogando said Sunday that he feels fine and is ready to make his first second-half start Tuesday in Anaheim. He hasn't pitched since throwing six pitches and getting two outs late in last Tuesday's All-Star Game.
Ogando's last start was July 6, when he threw a quality start in a win over the Orioles.
"I feel OK now, but we'll see on Tuesday how much the break helped," Ogando said through a translator. "I felt good at the All-Star Game. I'll have to wait and see how I feel."
Ogando threw a bullpen session Saturday and said he had no issues (Mark Lowe, standing beside Ogando, deadpanned that Ogando didn't allow any hits). His manager isn't expecting any issues.
"I expect the same thing we've been seeing," Washington said. "I didn't see any fatigue in the All-Star Game. I expect him to come out and pitch like he always pitches."
Washington said the plan is to give Ogando the ball every fifth turn in the rotation. There are no special plans to curb his innings at this point. We'll have more on Ogando as we get closer to Tuesday's game.
* Rangers utility infielder Andres Blanco has still not taken any swings as he continues to recover from a stress reaction in his lower back.
Blanco, who is eligible to return July 22, is expected to take swings with a fungo on Tuesday. After that, he'll need to take some regular swings and participate in batting practice before going out for a rehab assignment. Washington said the other day that he also wants to see Blanco run the bases. So the infielder still has some work to do.
* Washington said the plan remains to put Craig Gentry in against lefties and Endy Chavez against right-handers, though there are cleary exceptions. Chavez has played well and Washington is comfortable with either player on defense in center field.
* Mike Napoli is in the lineup at catcher today and he will get a chance to play against his former team this week. The Rangers face three right-handed pitchers in Anaheim, but they do have a day game on Thursday following Wednesday's night game, which is usually a time to use a different catcher in each game.