Rangers mull rotation options

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The Rangers have no choices with their rotation through the weekend, but they may well adjust it as soon as they get an off day on Monday.

Manager Ron Washington said the club's management will meet before Sunday's series finale against the Angels to discuss potential options for rejuvenating the rotation following the off day. The Rangers had another poor performance by a starting pitcher Thursday as Alexi Ogando suffered the defeat in a 6-0 loss to Boston.

The options range from staying in line and using Monday's off day to give all five starters a break, dropping in a sixth starter for one turn, or rearranging the order with an eye toward next weekend's series at Boston.

"We're talking about a lot of things," Washington said. "We just haven't come up with a plan."

The rotation has an 8-5 record and a 5.04 ERA in August. The trio of pitchers in their first full year in the rotation -- lefties Matt Harrison and Derek Holland and Ogando -- has particularly suffered in August. They have combined for a 6.60 ERA during the month and seven starts of less than six innings.

Harrison could be the first to see some change. His turn comes up Monday, and he could be skipped on the basis of performance as much as workload. Harrison has pitched 153 innings. His professional high is 167 innings, at the Class A level of the Atlanta organization in 2005.

After allowing seven runs in five innings during a loss to Boston on Tuesday, Harrison insisted his recent performance "is definitely not fatigue." Before the start, Harrison mentioned his legs felt heavier. The suggestion of being tired apparently struck a nerve with Washington.

"Everybody's that playing the game at this time of the year has some type of fatigue," said Washington, who did not directly address Harrison's comment. "Fatigue isn't anything you talk about. If that becomes a part of your mental state, you're in trouble."

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