"They said he could handle it," Washington said. "He's handled it."
Has he ever. Ross pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings in Wednesday's 5-4 loss to the White Sox in 10 innings, extending his streak of consecutive scoreless innings to 21, which spans 14 appearances and is the longest by a Rangers pitcher this season. Ross, 23, also lowered his season ERA to 0.99.
Washington also showed confidence in the rookie during the seventh inning, leaving him in to face slugger Adam Dunn. Ross struck out Dunn looking and also retired the side in order in the eighth, getting right-handed hitters Paul Konerko and Alex Rios. Washington said Ross isn't just a lefty specialist, and he's comfortable having the southpaw face hitters from either side of the plate.
"From what I've seen since Spring Training, I've never seen him have a problem with right-handers," Washington said. "He can get lefties out, but he's not one of those who can come in and just mess a lefty up. He's not a lefty matchup [pitcher], so when he has to face right-handers, it doesn't bother me at all."