A blowup on Opening Day foreshadowed the doom and gloom that followed for Tyson Ross. He landed on the DL on Apr. 9 with what was labeled shoulder inflammation, but the move was initially described as "precautionary." As the days turned into weeks and weeks turned into months, Ross remained on the shelf, as he was continuously set back when he tried to ramp up his throwing. Doctors were ultimately able to pinpoint the route of the problem -- thoracic outlet syndrome -- and Ross underwent surgery to address the issue in mid-October. A $10 million price tag for 2017 was deemed too much coming off the lost season and Ross was non-tendered by the Padres over the winter. Ross is a former All-Star who averaged better than a strikeout per inning from 2013-2015, but he's about to turn 30 and the strikeouts have always come with a high walk rate. Factor in the uncertainty regarding his health along with his new hitter-friendly home park in Texas, and this is an arm best left for the endgame in mixed leagues.
Ross (shoulder) said he felt fine after completing Wednesday's bullpen session, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. Ross threw 20 pitches, all fastballs, in his first bullpen session of the year. His rehab process seems to be on schedule or even a little bit ahead, with recent reports suggesting he could join the Rangers by early May. Once he's available, it's no sure thing Ross will have a spot in the starting rotation, as he only garnered a one-year, $6 million contract in the wake of his injury-decimated 2016 campaign.
Ross (shoulder) could be ready to join the Rangers by early May, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. Ross is progressing a bit better than expected, as the last report had him targeting late April for a return to game action, which would've made it tough to join the big-league club before mid-May. He'll take a big step Wednesday, throwing a live bullpen session for the first time since having thoracic outlet surgery in October. Coming off a lost 2016 season, the 29-year-old righty had to settle for a one-year, $6 million contract -- giving him no assurance of a spot in the starting rotation.
Ross (shoulder) will throw his first live bullpen session Wednesday, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. Ross has been progressing well from his offseason surgery, and Wednesday's live bullpen session marks another significant milestone in his recovery. He's still unlikely to return to live games prior to late April, but the 29-year-old is making great strides.
Ross (shoulder) had no issues Saturday morning after progressing to throwing from a half mound Friday, the Dallas Morning News reports. The next step for Ross will come Monday when he's scheduled to throw 15-20 pitches, all fastballs, in a bullpen session. Ross is behind the Rangers' other pitchers this spring, and it seems likely that he will begin the season on the disabled list while going through the final stages of his recovery from surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome.
Ross (shoulder) is expected to throw off a half mound Friday and a full mound early next week, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports. Ross is making progress in his recovery from offseason surgery to correct thoracic outlet syndrome. However, any fantasy player expecting early-season contributions from the talented righty probably will have to wait at least a month into the season. Stashing him for peanuts is the best play in mixed leagues, though he may cost a bit more in AL-only fantasy games, which increases the risk.