Tyson Ross, who was the runner-up for the final spot in the rotation, is now not only back with the team but also starting.
With Dallas Braden going on the DL one day earlier, Ross was tabbed to fill in and he will start on Friday at Seattle. Last year, Ross spent most of his stints with the A's in the bullpen, although he did make two starts for the team.
The A's decided to send him out near the midway point of the season in order to get stretched back out to be a starter, and he missed much of the remainder of 2010 with an elbow strain. He showed this spring that he was worthy of consideration for a starter job, though, allowing just one run.
He didn't start the season on the roster, but joined the team for their second series, and he has allowed two runs in three relief appearances.
The knock on Ross always has been his unusual delivery -- he is 6-foot-6 and he has a very short stride, which looks awkward and makes some scouts believe he will have more arm injuries in the future. The A's have tried to lengthen his stride with limited success.
Braden, who is out with left shoulder stiffness, will see Dr. Lewis Yocum in Southern California on Wednesday.
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