Rangers LHP Robbie Ross has been optioned to Triple-A Round Rock after struggling since making the move from the starting rotation to the bullpen.
In his past two appearances in Seattle and Oakland, Ross gave up five earned runs on five hits and two walks in only 1.1 IP. In 61 IP, Ross has given up over double the amount of runs that he did as a rookie through 65 IP. As his ERA hit a peak of 5.61, general manager Jon Daniels decided a stint in the minors could be beneficial for Ross.
“He needs consistent work” said Daniels. “He’s had period where he’s struggled with his command before, probably not to this degree. It feels like a lot of his mistakes have been costly ones. Unfortunately, while he’s trying to work through it, there haven’t been a lot of easy spots to get him in games.”
The ultimate goal for Ross’ stint in the minors, is for him to pitch more innings and use the time to further perfect his craft while gaining back control of his pitches. The more relaxed environment, and one-on-one work with the coaches, will give Ross opportunities not available at the major league level where the Rangers are currently fighting for every win.
“He’s going to start down there” said Daniels. “I think the main purpose of which is to get him as much mound time as we can, and also get him sides between starts where he can work with Brad [Holman].”
While Daniels ultimate plan isn’t for Ross to return as a starter, Robbie is hoping that getting back on the right track could eventually lead him back to the Rangers starting rotation.
“It’s disappointing” said Ross. “Hopefully I can go down there, get things straightened out and come back as a starter.”
Asked if his move to the bullpen was responsible for his struggles, Ross said “No not at all. It just hasn’t been my year.”
With Ross headed to Round Rock, LHP Aaron Poreda is being recalled for the third time this year. Poreda has done well with the Rangers, but has often found himself on the wrong end of a roster move.
“He’s gone down there and he’s dominated” said manager Ron Washington. “He certainly hasn’t let the fact that he’s going up and down effect what he’s capable of doing and why he’s been here.”
Poreda was headed to Oakland to join the team Tuesday afternoon, and could be available out of the bullpen as early as Tuesday night.