One of the starting pitchers for the Texas Rangers will begin their rehab assignment this Saturday.
Alexi Ogando in the process of returning after suffering a shoulder injury and went on the 15-day disabled list two times. Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports that Ogando will play for Triple-A Round Rock.
Ogando to Round Rock for 45-pitch outing on Saturday.
— Gerry Fraley (@gfraley) July 4, 2013
Rotoworld gave more details on Ogando’s process to coming back into the Rangers’ rotation.
Ogando will throw 45 pitches in the outing. The Rangers are expecting him back before the All-Star break, so he figures to make at least 1-2 additional rehab starts before being activated.
Texas has four series left — against the Seattle Mariners, Houston Astros, Baltimore Orioles, and Detroit Tigers — before the All-Star break. The last game Ogando pitched in for the Rangers was back on June 5th in a 3-2 win over the Boston Red Sox.
Outside of the shoulder injuries, Ogando has had a great season with the Rangers. He sits at 4-2 overall with a 2.93 earned run average, and as of recently he hasn’t lost a decision in his past four starts (has gone 2-0).