Texas Rangers: Tyson Ross Getting Closer to Returning

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Feb 22, 2017; Surprise, AZ, USA; Texas Rangers pitcher Tyson Ross poses for a portrait during photo day at Surprise Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 22, 2017; Surprise, AZ, USA; Texas Rangers pitcher Tyson Ross poses for a portrait during photo day at Surprise Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Rangers signed starting pitcher Tyson Ross over the off-season to a one-year deal, but knew he wouldn’t be ready for Opening Day. He is currently rehabbing, but could be closer to a return than many would think.

The Texas Rangers are expecting starting pitcher Tyson Ross to throw a bullpen session on Saturday. This would mark the first time Ross has been on the mound since April 12 in extended spring training.

He started the year on the disabled list while he was recovering from thoracic outlet surgery. Now it seems that back spasms are holding him back. According to T.R. Sullivan, Ross doesn’t believe this injury will keep him down.

“It’s getting better,” Ross said. “I have been getting a lot of treatment, and we’ve gotten everything calmed down. I’m getting my strength back. Throwing the last few days has been huge. I’m looking forward to the next step.”

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After the bullpen session the Rangers will decide whether Ross is ready to take the next step. That would be pitching in a game again. Ross went three innings throwing 45 pitches in his last outing in extended spring training.

The Rangers aren’t sure how significant these back spasms are just yet. They don’t want to rush him back to the mound if he isn’t truly ready. The good news is the Rangers didn’t put too much in this Ross deal.

During the off-season the Rangers singed him to a one-year deal worth $6 million for the 2017 season. Ideally Texas would love the former All-Star to join their rotation, but it sounds like Ross is still at least a few weeks away from that.

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