Alex Ogando is off the disabled list and back in the Rangers’ rotation after missing the past six weeks with biceps tendinitis.
Ogando, who has a 2.93 ERA in 10 starts this season and a 3.09 ERA in 332 career innings split between the rotation and bullpen, will start tonight against the Yankees. He tossed seven innings of two-run ball in his final rehab outing last week, but wasn’t particularly sharp on his rehab assignment overall.
Not a bad 24 hours for the Rangers’ rotation, which added Matt Garza via trade yesterday and now welcomes back Ogando.
Pirates outfielder Starling Marte was hit on the hand by a Jack Flaherty pitch in the fourth inning of Tuesday night’s game against the Cardinals. Rather than take first base, Marte — who came to the plate with a runner on first base — insisted to home plate umpire Bruce Dreckman that the ball hit the knob of the bat, not his hand. Marte was allowed to continue his at-bat, though manager Clint Hurdle came out to discuss the ruling with Dreckman. Marte eventually grounded into a fielder’s choice. He then got caught attempting to steal second base and the Pirates scored zero runs in the inning.
According to Baseball Prospectus, a team that has runners on first and second with no outs is expected to score 1.55 runs. Having a runner on first base with one out yields 0.56 expected runs. Marte essentially cost his team a run by rejecting first base. Oops.