Roster moves: Robbie Ross makes club

April, 1, 2012
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Texas Rangers left-handed pitcher Robbie Ross has made the club.

The 22-year-old has had a solid spring, impressing coaches with his maturity and a cutter that has broken bats and produced plenty of outs. Ross was the only left-handed reliever left in camp after Neal Cotts strained his left lat muscle. Cotts is expected to go 10 to 14 days without throwing.

Ross split the 2011 season between Class A Myrtle Beach and Double-A Frisco. He was 9-4 with a 2.26 ERA in 123 1/3 innings at Myrtle Beach and 1-1 with a 2.61 ERA in 38 innings (six starts) for Double-A Frisco.

Other roster decisions loom:

* Yoshinori Tateyama has been dealing with a stiff back the past few days and is not pitching Sunday. Manager Ron Washington said it was a "possibility" Tateyama could start the season on the disabled list. If that's the case, than both Mark Lowe and Koji Uehara would be in the bullpen. (Tateyama also has options left).

* The Rangers will break camp with both Alberto Gonzalez and Luis Hernandez with them. They will choose one as a utility infielder but might not make that announcement until closer to when the rosters are due Wednesday morning.

* The club also has the other bench spot to figure out. They are still looking for a right-handed bat but are also sorting through Craig Gentry and Julio Borbon. Brandon Snyder is another right-handed bat still with the club. But Washington admitted that he isn't comfortable putting Snyder in left field right now. But he added that with some more work with coach Gary Pettis, Snyder would be ready out there.

* Snyder is also a third catcher and could give Washington some security in playing both Mike Napoli and Yorvit Torrealba in the same lineup at times. Washington said if a catcher got injured early in the game, he'd likely just lose the DH and play one of his regular catchers. But if it was the seventh inning or so, he could put Snyder in for two innings. That's if Snyder makes the club, of course. Again, nothing has been decided there yet.
Richard Durrett joined in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.



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