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Alexi Ogando Feeling Better, Nearing Rehab Assignment

While the Rangers continue to lose pitchers to the disabled list, I'm looking at you Colby Lewis, they did get a little bit of good news on Wednesday. Alexi Ogando, who had originally been filling in for Neftali Feliz when Feliz was placed on the disabled list, is making progress in his recovery from a groin injury he suffered in San Francisco.

Alexi Ogando continues to make progress rehabbing his groin after straining it beating out a bunt single against the San Francisco Giants on June 10.

On Wednesday, Ogando simulated his entire windup under the supervision of a trainer. He said everything felt good during the exercise.

Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Tuesday that the plan is for Ogando to throw his first bullpen session sometime next week and send him out on his first rehab assignment during the Rangers' All-Star break (July 9-12).

Three fifths of Texas' rotation to start the year is currently on the disabled list, as Derek Holland has been on the disabled list since June 7, in addition to Lewis and Feliz. Ogando, as a starter last year, was the first to fill-in for Texas, but he made just one start -- and was forced from it early after injuring himself attempting to leg out an infield single.

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