Ogando: Best he's felt all season

ROUND ROCK, Texas -- The results might not have looked all that great for Alexi Ogando in Saturday's rehab start for Triple-A Round Rock.

And his fastball velocity was a tick or three down.

Yet as he walked out of team chapel Sunday, Ogando said that physically he feels better than he has all season, even going back to the beginning of the season in Houston.

"Yes I think so," Ogando said when asked if he was feeling his best.

Ogando allowed three runs in two innings in his first rehab start for Round Rock. He threw 41 pitches, allowing four hits, including a two-run home run.

He will make his next rehab start on July 11 for Round Rock at Omaha, then likely make at least one more after that. Ogando is working out with the Express and will not return to Arlington before his next start.

The Rangers are hoping Ogando can return right after the July 15-18 All-Star break, but they might be more cautious this time around.

Ogando is returning from his second stint on the 15-day disabled list, this time for right shoulder inflammation. He's been out for a month, last making a start for the Rangers on June 5.

Ogando also missed three weeks in May and early with right biceps tendinitis. He made one start after that in Boston on June 5, allowing a run in 5 2/3 innings. He went on the DL the next day with the shoulder inflammation.

That could give the Rangers reason to take this rehab assignment slow (pitchers can be on a rehab assignment for 30 days).

Ogando topped out at 93-94 mph with his fastball on Saturday night. When he's right, his fastball velocity is more at 96-97 mph.

Ogando said there's a reason why his velocity was down.

"I'm not trying that hard," Ogando said. "It's too early."