With Neal Cotts suffering a strained left lat muscle on Saturday, Robbie Ross’s spot in the Texas Rangers’ bullpen was pretty much sewn up. But that didn’t make the news any less sweet for the 22-year-old when the move was made official on Sunday.
"I feel like a kid on Christmas," Ross said, per ESPN Dallas. "I'm thankful for what I've been blessed with and thankful my family was able to experience it with me. They were freaking out. My brother's birthday is coming up and he's going to be turning 13 and that's a cool birthday present, I guess. Hopefully he can come out. It's just amazing."
The injuries to Yoshinori Tateyama and Cotts may have helped Ross’s case somewhat, but manager Ron Washington wants to make clear that Ross earned the spot on the big league club with a highly impressive spring, during which he pitched aggressively while working both sides of the plate.
"He earned that spot. We didn't give him anything," Washington said. "I'm pretty excited about that. We didn't have to hand anything out. He earned it. I liked his maturity. I liked his demeanor on the mound. He attacked the zone and will continue to do that."