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Texas Rangers's starting pitcher Alexi Ogando, out since June 5, will make a rehab start on Saturday, July 6, for Triple-A Round Rock Express according to MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan. Ogando threw a strong bullpen session on Wednesday, and manager Ron Washington said that Ogando is doing fine. He expects Ogando to throw approximately 45 pitches on Saturday.
Ogando is expected to make two rehab starts for the Express in the Pacific Coast League before the Rangers activate him. If he sticks to his normal four- to five-days of rest between starts, then he could rejoin the Rangers for the Baltimore Orioles series right after the All-Star break.
Ogando is on his second stint on the disabled list for a right shoulder inflammation. He first went on it on May 16 but made one appearance on June 6 before hitting the DL again. Now, he looks healthy and can help the Rangers tremendously in the second half.
Meanwhile, the Rangers are also watching reliever Joakim Soria, who began his rehab assignment on July 3. He threw a scoreless eighth inning Wednesday, needing only six pitches to do so. He is expected to pitch again on Thursday per Rangers beat writer Master Tesfatsion.
Joakim Soria threw a shutout eighth inning for Double-A Frisco. 4/6 pitches were strikes. Scheduled to pitch again tomorrow. #Rangers
— Master Tesfatsion (@MasterTes) July 4, 2013
Soria has pitched in six Minor League games this year, allowing no runs and only one hit in six innings. He could possibly rejoin the Rangers on their road trip through Baltimore and Detroit next week.
Soria is an accomplished closer who can either set up or fill in for Joe Nathan, who is third in the A.L. in saves with 27. Soria last pitched in the Majors in 2011 when he saved 28 games for the Kansas City Royals. He has sat out since then due to Tommy John surgery.
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