ARLINGTON -- Alexi Ogando appears to be in a strong position to be added to the American League All-Star team by some point either on Sunday or Monday.
Ogando is expected to be high on the list of replacement pitchers who could be called upon if others drop out of the game, and there is a high possibility of that happening.
The American League pitching staff could take a big hit on Sunday. Justin Verlander, Felix Hernandez and James Shields -- three members of the AL All-Star team -- are all supposed to pitch that day. If they do, that automatically removes them from being able to pitch in the All-Star Game.
If any pitcher drops out, he will automatically be replaced by the next highest vote-getter. But the American League may be going deep into that list. That's what happened in the bullpen on Thursday, when Mariano Rivera dropped out of the All-Star Game and was replaced by Jordan Walden of the Angels.
The results of the players' voting remains a secret as to who is next on the list, but a number of factors work in Ogando's favor. In addition to the five starters voted on by the players, manager Ron Washington added C.J. Wilson, David Price and Gio Gonzalez, so they are already on the team.
Jon Lester, who would have been a possible candidate, is on the disabled list, and C.C. Sabathia, Trevor Cahill and Dan Haren are all scheduled to pitch on Sunday. All of them could have finished high in the voting.
"The replacement list is pretty thick," Washington said. "The AL has got some pitching. We'll just have to wait and see what happens."
Washington wants Wilson in AL's 'pen
ARLINGTON -- Manager Ron Washington will not announce the American League's starting pitcher for the All-Star Game until Monday, and his choices are dwindling. If Justin Verlander and Felix Hernandez pitch on Sunday for their teams, they will not be able to pitch in the game.
That would eliminate two prime candidates for the starting assignment. C.J. Wilson, who pitches on Friday night, would be a good candidate -- except Washington wants him in the bullpen because of his past experience as a reliever.
Jered Weaver of the Angels is Wilson's choice to be the starter.
"He has the most wins and the lowest ERA," Wilson said. "Let's run him out there for 100 pitches, and get him all tired out."
Wilson knows he is going to be in the bullpen, but has long dreamed of being the American League's starting pitcher in the All-Star Game.
"I would be super stoked if that were the case, but it's not my call," Wilson said. "Who wouldn't want a chance to start an All-Star Game."
Andrus needs break to rest wrist
ARLINGTON -- Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus is not going to the All-Star Game, and he said that's a good thing. Andrus said he could use the time to rest his left wrist. He missed four games last week because of the wrist, and admitted that it is still not 100 percent.
Andrus was 4-for-4 with two doubles on Wednesday night, but that snapped an 0-for-15 skid. He was an All-Star last season, but lost out this year to Derek Jeter of the Yankees and Asdrubal Cabrera of the Indians.
"I will go again, but it is not killing me," Andrus said. "I really need those days off, especially for my wrist. Those three days off are going to make it 100 percent. I want to play with no pain, that's what I'm looking for."
So what will he do?
"Relax and take baseball off my mind," Andrus said. "Sit out by the pool or on the beach. I haven't decided yet."
Highway 360 construction this weekend
ARLINGTON -- State Highway 360 in Arlington will be closed this weekend at the point where it crosses State Highway 180. That could cause delays, and fans attending the weekend games against the Athletics are being urged to take alternate routes.
SH 360 is being closed there at 11:45 p.m. on Friday and won't re-open until 5 a.m. on Monday so that workers can complete the demolition of two bridges crossing the highway. Fans coming to the games this weekend northbound on 360 will have to exit at Abrams and follow the detour signs around the construction and back to 360.
After the game, fans going south will be forced to exit at SH 180/Division Street and follow detour signs.
Feldman ready to end rehab assignment
ARLINGTON -- Rangers pitcher Scott Feldman will make the final start on his rehabilitation assignment this Sunday for Triple-A Round Rock. The Rangers plan on activating Feldman after the All-Star break, but have not decided if he is returning as a starter or a reliever.
Feldman has been on the disabled list since the beginning of Spring Training, after undergoing microfracture surgery on his right knee on Nov. 3, 2010. Feldman is 3-1 with a 4.03 ERA in nine starts in the Minors.
If the Rangers move Feldman to the bullpen, it would likely force them to option reliever Yoshinori Tateyama back to Triple-A. Feldman would fill the role of long/middle reliever with Darren O'Day, Tommy Hunter and Mark Lowe serving as the right-handed setup relievers.
Feldman was the Rangers' Pitcher of the Year in 2009, when he went 17-8 with a 4.08 ERA. But he slipped to 7-11 with a 5.48 ERA last season, while spending time on the disabled list with a bone bruise in his right knee.
An error given to shortstop Elvis Andrus in Sunday's game against the Marlins has been changed to a hit for Hanley Ramirez. The Marlins appealed the official scorer's call to the Commissioner's Office and won the reversal. The play occurred in the eighth inning.
The Rangers have placed pitcher Justin Grimm on the disabled list at Class A Myrtle Beach. Pitcher Kasey Kiker, their No. 1 Draft pick in 2006, was activated off the list.
Ian Kinsler and Mitch Moreland both have seven home runs leading off an inning this season, tied with Jose Bautista for the most in the American League.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.