Red Fever
Complete coverage of the Texas Rangers

Ross Switch Signals Rangers Role

View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Ross Switch Signals Rangers Role

Getty Images

Robbie Ross #46 of the Texas Rangers throws in the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 14, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)

Robbie Ross had perhaps one last chance to be in the Texas Rangers' starting rotation plans when he got a spot start a couple of weeks ago after Yu Darvish was sent to the disabled list. It didn't go well for the jerked-around lefty, who was moved to the rotation to open the season, struggled, was moved to the bullpen and then demoted.

Ross has done well as a starter for Triple-A Round Rock since his demotion, but it's been the prevailing thought all along that the Rangers see him as a reliever. On Monday night, in advance of the Sept. 1 roster expansion and his likely call-up, Ross was moved back to the bullpen for Round Rock to get him back in the swing of being a reliever.

On Monday, Ross worked 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief for the Express in a loss to Triple-A Las Vegas (New York Mets) and will likely hit the Rangers again on Sept. 1 and join them in Kansas City for the start of a three-game set. When he returns, he'll likely settle into that middle-relief role in which he excelled so much as a rookie and even as a second-year pro before being messed with this season.

Things have gone poorly for Ross as a Ranger this year, no matter the role. In his 10 starts, he was 1-5 with a 5.40 ERA, and in his nine relief appearances, he was 1-0 with a 9.00 ERA. Hopefully, he hasn't been ruined by his failed starting experiment and can get back to where he was in 2012 and 2013. He'll start that road to recovery next week.

Related Topics Robbie Ross, Texas Rangers, bullpen
Leave Comments