Buzz: Washington urges Ogando to speak up

May, 18, 2013
5/18/13
6:35
PM CT
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The message to injured starting pitcher Alexi Ogando from Rangers manager Ron Washington? Talk to me.

Ogando, who went on the 15-day disabled list on Friday with biceps tendinits, first told Washington about the issue after his start in Oakland. Ogando said Friday that's he been having issues with soreness off and on this season.

Ogando, who is switching back to the rotation from the bullpen, is gaining experince, Washington said, and learning that only pitching an inning in a given day is different than starting every five days.

"Taking this workload of a starter, anything that's not right, we need to know about it," Washington said. "This is a different world. He has to try to go through a lineup three or four times, not just once. It's something that you put to experience. Now he has it, you hope that doesn't happen again."

Burns has a chance: Washington likes what's seen from right-hander Cory Burns, including Friday's ninth inning effort of getting out Detroit's Torii Hunter and Miguel Cabrera.

Even with the Rangers need for another right-hander in the bullpen, and Josh Lindblom slated to start Monday for Ogando, Washington's not ready to commit to Burns staying around past Sunday.

"I like what he did," Washington said. "But to make a decision on yes or no, we're not ready to do that."

Martin's arm impresses: Leonys Martin impressed again Friday night, throwing out Tigers leadoff man Andy Dirks with a laser shot to Geovany Soto on the fly in the top of the third. It was the Rangers' fourth outfield assist this season and Martin has two of them.

Washington said earlier in the week that Martin has the strongest arm on the team. Throws like Friday's against a speedy runner could make opponents hesitant to run on him. He also gunned down Milwaukee's speedy shortstop Jean Segura earlier this month.

"If he's coming straight in on a ball, you might thing about not chancing it," Washington said. "If he has to go left or right and get something and then make a throw, that's when you could ahead and take a chance. That ball right there he came straight in."

Kinsler out again: Second baseman Ian Kinsler was out of the lineup for the second straight day to give him more time to heal bruised ribs. Kinsler, who came in to pinch run in Friday's game, was available in that capacity again Saturday.

Pierzynski starts rehab Sunday: Catcher A.J. Pierzynski, nearing the end of his disabled list stint, will begin his two-day rehab assignment on Sunday. Pierzynski, coming back from a strained right oblique muscle, can come off the DL on Tuesday against Oakland.

Lewis set to go Monday: Colby Lewis threw long toss Saturday and reported no problems and is set to start Monday for Double-A Frisco. Pierzynski will catch him. It's an early start, 11 a.m., at Dr Pepper Ballpark.

Minor notes: Left-hander Neal Cotts has struck out 40 of the 79 batters he's faced this season for Triple-A Round Rock. Left-handed hitters are 0-for-27 against him with 21 strikeouts ... Round Rock shortstop Jurickson Profar had a seven-game hitting streak entering Saturday with a .379 batting average during that span.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Colby Lewis
WINS ERA SO IP
10 5.18 133 170
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Beltre .324
HRA. Beltre 19
RBIA. Beltre 77
RA. Beltre 79
OPSA. Beltre .879
ERAC. Lewis 5.18
SOY. Darvish 182