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Alexi Ogando May Move To Rotation In Hunter's Absence

The Texas Rangers are likely going to be without right handed starting pitcher Tommy Hunter for six weeks as he recovers from a Grade 2 groin strain. The Texas brass is going to be meeting on Saturday to discuss who should fill Hunter's spot while he's shelved on the DL, and according to T.R. Sullivan, Alexi Ogando is a prime candidate to claim Hunter's rotation spot.

The Rangers are once again looking for a starting pitcher after Tommy Hunter went down with a strained right groin muscle and Ogando is getting strong consideration to fill the spot. If Ogando earns that spot, it could open the door for Brett Tomko, Pedro Strop and Mason Tobin in their long-shot bids to win a spot in the bullpen.

The Rangers have other pitchers they are considering for the rotation, including right-hander David Bush and left-hander Michael Kirkman, but Ogando appears to be the leading candidate at the moment going into the summit meeting. He came to camp as a candidate for the rotation.

Yesterday, Lone Star Ball's Adam Morris speculated that Michael Kirkman would be the best and logical choice to grab the final rotation spot, but it appears that the Rangers are leaning towards Ogando. A decision should come shortly and as soon as tonight, following the "summit meeting" that Sullivan described earlier. 

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