Last call from the Desert…Pitching, Inbox
“Our depth is being tested, but we’ve got a couple of guys who are throwing the ball well in that mix. You’d always like to have more. I’m not so concerned who it will be on opening day, but it’s more the next injury, the next issue. We’re going to get some of these guys back [like Colby Lewis and Martin Perez], but until they do our depth is a little bit of a concern for me.”
General manager Jon Daniels on the fifth-starter spot
Rangers manager Ron Washington on Alexi Ogando’s four scoreless innings against the Brewers on Tuesday, “A 100 percent turnaround. He still needs to command his fastball better but he had a real good slider. His slider was devastating. The more you throw the better you’re going to get and his fastball was better today. But he still has to get the ball down.”
Pitchers generally don’t get noticed in Spring Training unless they are pitching poorly. So not many people have said much of anything about Jason Frasor. Somebody ought to.
Fraser pitched another scoreless inning against the Brewers on Tuesday. He has now pitched four scoreless innings, allowing four hits and no walks with one strikeout.
It was a good day for two key pitchers in the bullpen. Michael Kirkman pitched another scoreless inning. That’s five scoreless so far plus two more that were rained out last week against the Brewers.
Right now the Rangers have three pitchers locked into the bullpen, Frasor, Kirkman and Nathan.
Washington on Jeff Baker and his .529 batting average: “He’s raking…he’s raking. You’ve got to give him credit. When they throw his pitch, he’s not missing it.”
Rangers are off on Wednesday. Will work on an inbox Wednesday morning so if you have any questions, feel free to send them tonight or first thing in the morning.