Pitching depth gives Rangers plenty of options
Ogando one of six eyeing rotation, may return to bullpen
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Rangers pitchers and catchers officially reported to Spring Training on Wednesday. Neftali Feliz showed up 100 percent committed to being a starter.Alexi Ogando feels the same way. "My mind is on starting," Ogando said. The Rangers may have other plans. They may send Ogando back to the bullpen after signing Yu Darvish in the offseason and deciding to move Feliz into the rotation. That leaves the Rangers with six starters for five spots and somebody has to yield. Ogando is likely to be the guy, but that's not a decision the Rangers are going to formally make before they've even had their first workout. There is going to be competition and nobody can afford to get too comfortable ... or hurt. The bottom line is the Rangers' rotation is not set just yet. "It is competitive," pitcher Matt Harrison said. "I know nothing is set in stone. Everybody has to come in prepared. If you're not ready to go in Spring Training, you're not going to break camp. They're all about winning. We've been to two World Series and they want to go back. They'll take whoever is ready."
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.