Texas expects to have Ogando start Tuesday
ARLINGTON -- Unless something changes in the next 48 hours, Rangers manager Ron Washington will activate Alexi Ogando off the disabled list to start Tuesday against the Yankees.
Washington said Ogando could probably throw 100 pitches, given he threw 80 pitches in his final rehab start on Thursday with Triple-A Round Rock.
"He could probably add 20 to it, which which what we wanted to make certain when he came up here; we didn't have to put him on a strict pitch count," Washington said.
Washington said the club will closely watch Ogando on the mound and not attempt to extract more than the pitcher can give.
"If we think he did well after five, that's it," Washington said. "If we think he did well after six, that's it. We won't try to get more."
Thursday's starter is "TBA," which could stand for to be announced or to be acquired. The Rangers have attempted to acquire Matt Garza throughout the weekend and had a scout watch Jake Peavy pitch for the White Sox Saturday against the Braves. Cubs manager Dale Sveum told reporters Sunday he's confident Garza will start for the Cubs Monday. In that situation, Garza wouldn't be available to pitch if acquired after his start to pitch Thursday.
Washington said Ross Wolf remains an option to start Thursday. He allowed seven runs on nine hits in two innings Saturday against the O's.