ARLINGTON -- After another solid outing by his rookie reliever, manager Ron Washington acknowledged that Robbie Ross would be a candidate to replace an injured All-Star if the opportunity presented itself.
"It certainly would be hard not to think about it," Washington said. "He certainly has done a great job for us. He really has. He's got so much poise. He just comes in and keeps pounding the strike zone and keeps them swinging the bat. If there is a consideration, I would have to think about it."
The Rangers already have eight players going to the All-Star Game, including three pitchers in Matt Harrison, Yu Darvish, and Joe Nathan. But Ross, who tossed 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief in the Rangers' 4-3 win over the Twins on Saturday, could join them if a current American League All-Star pitcher couldn't play Tuesday.
Ross, who has pitched 22 1/3 straight scoreless innings and has not allowed an earned run in his last 29 2/3 innings, is 6-0 with a 0.96 ERA in 33 relief outings this year. A starter in high Class A Myrtle Beach and Double-A Frisco last season, Ross has made the transition to the bullpen nicely. His six wins lead all relievers and his 0.96 ERA would be the 10th-lowest in AL history at the All-Star break.
"It's been great," Ross said. "It's a different workload. This year, it's been day to day where I could possibly throw every day, whereas when you're a starter, it's five days off. This year, I didn't throw nearly as many innings as I did last year. I think the way the Rangers brought me through it has been great."
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