Aug 14, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux (31) talks with starting pitcher Robbie Ross Jr (46) in the third inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Robbie Ross Jr: The reason he was pulled during a no-hitter

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The Texas Rangers looked like they had a chance for a no-hitter yesterday.  But, with a no-hitter on the line Robbie Ross Jr. was pulled by manager Ron Washington.

With the game on the line and also the Silver Boot yesterday Robbie Ross was pitching the game of his life.  He recalled from the Round Rock Express late Friday night to make a spot start since the scheduled starter Miles Mikolas was scratched due to shoulder fatigue.

It’s a no-brainer why they rested Mikolas.  At this point they don’t want to take any chances with anyone to risk any more injuries to this club.

Yesterday at the end of 5 innings of work Washington told Ross his day was done and went to the pen.  Robbie Ross tired to get Ron Washington to let him continue and said that he could make it to 100 pitches.  But, like Mikolas Washington decided to be cautious with the lefty.

At the time he was pulled he had given up 3 walks and struck out 5 and allow no hits or runs.  Everything was working for him that day.  he had perfect command of his fastball, slider, curveball and changeup.  He’s been working very hard this season with the Rangers and in the minors on his secondary pitches.

He only had in 71 pitches during Saturday’s game, but it was the 40 plus pitches he threw on Thursday that was the deciding factor on not letting him continue with a no-hitter intact.

Robbie Ross becomes the 5th pitcher for the Texas Rangers to exit a game early while he had a no-hitter.  He joins Sonny Siebert, Charlie Hough, Bobbie Witt and Nolan Ryan.  The Rangers have never had a combined no-hitter.

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