Alexi Ogando RP BOS 4 days ago

Ogando allowed two inherited runners to score in Tuesday night's win over the Nationals. He allowed a hit while striking out two in 1.1 innings.

Ogando has followed up two clean relief innings with a couple of sketchy ones. The two inherited runs, charged to starter Justin Masterson, gave Washington a lead.

Alexi Ogando RP BOS 1 week ago

Ogando pitched a clean seventh inning in Friday night's win over the Yankees. That's two straight 1-2-3 innings for the right-hander.

Ogando induced several uncomfortable swings and has looked like his old self in two appearances. He and Junichi Tazawa set up the game for fill-in closer Edward Mujica, who promptly blew the save when he served up a ninth-inning homer. If Ogando continues to impress, he may move ahead of Mujica as Boston's fill-in when closer Koji Uehara is unavailable or if he gets injured.

Alexi Ogando RP BOS 1 week ago

Ogando, who retired all three batters faced in Wednesday's loss to the Phillies, had his fastball in the 93-95 mph range, the Boston Globe reports.

Ogando has regained a good portion of his fastball velocity after an injury-marred 2014 season. It was an encouraging outing on a cold and damp night.

Alexi Ogando RP BOS 2 weeks ago

Ogando was lit up for three runs on four hits and two walks in two-thirds of an inning against the Twins on Wednesday. The good news is that his fastball hit 95 mph.

Ogando had been impressive until Wednesday's outing. So impressive that he was one of the relievers mentioned that could pick up save opportunities early in the season while Koji Uehara deals with a hamstring injury.

Alexi Ogando RP BOS 1 month ago

Ogando could serve as a backup closer if Koji Uehara (hamstring) can't serve in the role, reports.

Manager John Farrell talked about Ogando and Edward Mujica filling in if needed. "It depends on matchups, history, who has pitched recently," Farrell said. "There could be a number of things that come into play. I can't say just always ride the hot hand. Those guys are going to find themselves in the highest leverage and that could be in the seventh inning as well, depending where we are in the lineup."

Alexi Ogando RP BOS 1 month ago

Ogando threw a dominant inning in Monday's game against the Mets, reports. He struck out two and induced a popup.

"Domination, pretty much. He looked good," said Red Sox catcher Ryan Hannigan. "Good fastball command and an exceptional slider. Locked guys up and did his thing. It was pretty obvious." Ogando's had two consecutive clean innings and has struck out five in 4.0 innings.

Alexi Ogando RP BOS 1 month ago

Ogando, who pitched a clean inning in Thursday's game against the Pirates, can be a weapon against the quality right-handed hitters in the A.L. East, ESPN Boston reports.

Red Sox manager John Farrell is liking what he's seeing from Ogando early on, telling reporters Thursday that he "could be one of the biggest keys" if his arm strength reaches previous levels. The manager noted the right-handed bats he'll face in the division, including Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion and Josh Donaldson in Toronto, Adam Jones and J.J. Hardy in Baltimore, and Evan Longoria and Desmond Jennings of Tampa Bay.

Alexi Ogando RP BOS 1 month ago

Ogando hit 95 on the radar gun while making his spring-training debut Thursday night against the Twins.

The Red Sox are looking to see if Ogando can regain the velocity he once had prior to last season's elbow injury. If he's capable and remains healthy, Ogando will lock up a spot in Boston's bullpen.

Alexi Ogando RP BOS 2 months ago

Ogando has one of Boston's bullpen spots locked up, according to manager John Farrell, the Providence Journal reports.Farrell discussed his plans for the bullpen Saturday, which included a job for Ogando if he's healthy. Of course, we still need to see Ogando perform this spring after sustaining an elbow injury last June.

Alexi Ogando RP BOS 2 months ago

Ogando said he's "100 percent" after being shut down last June due to a strained right elbow, the Boston Herald reports.Ogando reportedly threw in the low-90s at a workout for several teams last month, but expressed confidence he'll get back to the 96-97 range he consistently hit as a reliever for Texas in 2012.