Could Robbie Ross be a rotation candidate?

December, 13, 2012
12/13/12
6:45
PM CT
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers left-handed reliever Robbie Ross could end up a candidate for the starting rotation, depending on how the rest of the offseason goes, general manager Jon Daniels said Thursday.

Daniels said it depends on if the club acquires another starter, but if they come to spring training with internal options vying for that spot, Ross would likely get a look. So, too, would Martin Perez and Justin Grimm.

Ross, a 23-year-old rookie, made the club out of spring training and pitched in 58 games in 2012 with a 2.22 ERA in 65 innings. He was put on the disabled list with a left forearm strain in late August and it gave him a chance to rest a bit. Ross was 6-0 with a 0.95 ERA in 47 1/3 innings prior to the All-Star break. He was able to pitch multiple innings and get critical outs for manager Ron Washington, playing well as he dealt with life in the big leagues for the first time.

"He can do either one," Daniels said. "He wants to start. If he gets that opportunity, he'd be excited about it."
Richard Durrett joined ESPNDallas.com 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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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Yu Darvish
WINS ERA SO IP
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OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Beltre .323
HRA. Beltre 15
RBIA. Beltre 58
RA. Beltre 57
OPSA. Beltre .883
ERAY. Darvish 2.90
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