GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Prior to Wednesday's game, Rangers manager Ron Washington said he wanted starter Alexi Ogando to get through two innings -- after failing to do so in his first spring appearance -- so the Rangers could stretch him to three innings in his next start.
Ogando, who is transitioning from the bullpen to the rotation this season, did get through two innings in the Rangers' 8-4 loss to the Chicago White Sox, but it was far from easy.
"He got through his two innings, but he is still having a little trouble with his command," Washington said. "He was better, but he still has some work to do. Hopefully it gets much better the next time he is out there."
Ogando admitted he is still working on his command, and White Sox hitters took advantage. Ogando allowed three hits and two walks along with two unearned runs. He said he didn't have a great feel for his fastball, and when that happens it affects his changeup. Washington said Ogando's slider isn't sharp yet, either.
Two walks and a single put Ogando into a bases-loaded jam with one out in the first, but he escaped any damage after inducing Paul Konerko into an inning-ending double play.
He wasn't as fortunate in the second inning when a throwing error by Leury Garcia gave Chicago runners on second and third with one out. Ogando allowed a sacrifice fly and a single to give Chicago a 2-0 lead.
"I left the ball a little bit high," Ogando said, "but I felt better than the last time I threw."
While Ogando had his second consecutive difficult outing, there was some improvement. And he has plenty of time this spring to work on his command.
Washington said Ogando will be stretched to three innings in his next start as planned.
"I want to see some execution, but we know what Ogando has to offer," Washington said. "Right now he is not where he should be, and the only way he is going to get there is to go out and compete."