The inevitable came to pass Tuesday afternoon when the Texas Rangers sent struggling left-hander Robbie Ross to Triple A Round Rock and recalled lefty Aaron Poreda.
Ross allowed two runs in the sixth inning while getting only one out Monday night, allowing Oakland back in the game before the Rangers held on for a 14-8 victory. On Sunday, Ross allowed three eighth-inning runs as Seattle pulled away to a 5-1 win.
He had allowed eight runs on nine hits in his past four outings, covering 3 1/3 innings, and his ERA has soared to 5.61. His ERA is 9.00 in nine appearance since he was demoted from the rotation.
Ross didn’t use his move to the bullpen as an excuse for his poor results this season. He hasn’t the command that helped him emerge as a key bullpen piece in 2012 and early in 2013.
“I hope I can go down there and do well,” Ross said. “It’s disappointing to have to go down there and get your crap together.”
Ross will work as a starter at Round Rock but will be a reliever when he returns to the Rangers, general manager Jon Daniels said. The purpose is to give him chances between starts to do side work with Triple A pitching coach Brad Holman.
“We just feel like he needs consistent work,” Daniels said. “He just hasn’t been able to right the ship up here.”