ARLINGTON, Texas -- Sometime amid Friday night's celebration in the Rangers clubhouse, the coaching staff informed Alexi Ogando that his Saturday afternoon start would be a brief one.
Two perfect innings in the Rangers’ 7-3 win over Seattle and Ogando was done for the day.
“They told me two innings only, that I’d pitched a lot of innings and they wanted to keep me strong,’’ the 27-year-old right-hander said. “I knew I had to do a great job while I was in there. I felt rested.’’
Ogando struck out two and needed only 28 pitches.
“We felt like he did what we needed to see,’’ said Rangers manager Ron Washington. “I thought he threw exceptionally well. He was throwing downhill and had snap on his breaking ball.’’
Washington said before the game the Rangers would go to a four-man starting rotation in the playoffs. The only starter he confirmed was C.J. Wilson. The way the manager used Ogando on Saturday seemed to lend credence to the idea that Ogando is going to the bullpen, leaving Derek Holland, Matt Harrison and Colby Lewis to complete the starting foursome.
“That’s not in my control,’’ Ogando said. “If I’m in the bullpen, I’ll give it 100 percent, whatever they want me to do.’’