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Tyson Ross likely to join Rangers’ rotation against Nationals in DC

Rangers' Tyson Ross throws live batting practice Monday

Texas Rangers right-hander Tyson Ross threw live batting practice Monday in what could be the final step before a rehab assignment (video by Jeff Wilson).
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Texas Rangers right-hander Tyson Ross threw live batting practice Monday in what could be the final step before a rehab assignment (video by Jeff Wilson).

The Rangers hope Tyson Ross’s next start is next weekend against the Nationals in Washington. Ross made another rehab start Saturday night for Triple A Round Rock and is expected to join the Rangers’ rotation if his body responds well.

Ross has been recovering from October surgery to correct issues caused by thoracic outlet syndrome.

Rangers manager Jeff Banister said the club hopes he’s ready to go, especially with starters Cole Hamels and A.J. Griffin on the disabled list.

“It comes down to health and how he responds and rhythm and feel,” Banister said. Ross allowed two runs on five hits and four walks over 5 1/3 innings. He threw 93 pitches, including 52 strikes.

The Rangers have yet to announce Tuesday’s starting pitcher against the Mets. Yu Darvish will start Wednesday against the Mets on regular rest. Nick Martinez, Dillon Gee and Austin Bibens-Dirkx are the candidates for Tuesday. The Rangers are waiting to see how things go Saturday night and Sunday before deciding.

Martinez was in the bullpen as an emergency long relief option. He’ll still be in that spot Sunday if unused, and could get the start Tuesday if they don’t have to use him before then. Bibens-Dirkx made his first-career start on Wednesday night and Gee pitched four innings of relief Friday night.

“Any of those three could walk out there and give us a start,” Banister said.

Stefan Stevenson: 817-390-7760, @StevensonFWST

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