Thearon W. Henderson
Robbie Ross and his bullpen mates got a lot of work in over the weekend and the team used seven pitchers Sunday heading into Monday's doubleheader.
Thought Robbie Ross got overworked in 2013? You're probably right. Think he did the same in 2012? You're definitely right. So why not get a head start on working him to the bone in 2014?
Well, the Texas Rangers seem to be doing that this winter as they're sending the young lefty reliever to the Dominican Winter League to seemingly work on getting left-handed hitters out, something he failed to do in 2013.
Ross is awfully experienced for a pitcher to be headed to winter ball, as you typically want pitchers with Ross' experience to get some rest over the winter and be fresh and ready to go in March, but there are some serious concerns about Ross against lefties last season.
Ross let lefties hit .344 with a .960 OPS last season after he allowed them to hit just .228 with a .612 OPS in 2012. Ross struggled immensely down the stretch in 2013 before finally getting his feet back under him in the final weeks of the season, but he had basically fallen out of manager Ron Washington's circle of trust after the all-star break.