5/18/2014 3:10 P.M. ET
Ross finding a new role challenging
By Grace Raynor / MLB.com
ARLINGTON -- Robbie Ross Jr. didn't pitch through five innings for the second time this season Saturday night against the Blue Jays, but Rangers manager Ron Washington is pleased with his progress.
Ross, working in a starting role as opposed to coming out of the bullpen, is 1-4 with a 4.78 ERA in nine starts. Though he's not having the results yet, Washington said he likes that Ross is staying aggressive and competitive.
"The thing is for two years or three years, Robbie had just been having to come in and get two, three, four outs, five outs. Now we've got to go through a lineup and hopefully try to get 27 outs, or get 20 outs, or get 18 outs," Washington said. "It's not easy coming from a reliever to a starter. It's a different animal ... and then to do it at the Major League level? That's even more tough."
Ross said he would've liked to have gone longer in Saturday's game, but that his pitch count got too high.
"It's been tough. Obviously you want to come out and go out there and throw up a zero and go seven, eight innings. But it's not always that case," Ross said. "The past few outings have been tough, but I think it's a growing process and I want to keep grinding and keep battling."
Ogando not expected to go on DL for hand injury
ARLINGTON-- Rangers reliever Alexi Ogando left Saturday night's 4-2 loss to the Blue Jays with a bruised right hand from a line drive. But Rangers manager Ron Washington said Sunday that Ogando won't be going on the disabled list.
"He's a player," Washington said. "Thank God the ball hit him in the palm of the hand and not on his side or anything."
Washington said there was no noticeable swelling and that Ogando should be ready to go again on Tuesday.
Ogando faced three batters, giving up one hit and two walks in the seventh inning of Saturday's game. He also threw a wild pitch, and is now 1-2 on the season with a 7.64 ERA in 22 games.
Washington said that above all, Ogando needs to focus on locating his pitches once his hand heals in a few days.
"The velocity is there, the sharpness is still there on the slider," Washington said. "It's just location -- falling behind hitters, gotta come in the zone."
Robertson recalled for Mikolas
ARLINGTON -- Outfielder Daniel Robertson, who was acquired from the Padres and brought to the big leagues in April before being optioned to Triple-A Round Rock earlier in May, has been recalled.
The Rangers announced the roster move Sunday before the final game of a weekend series with the Blue Jays. Right-handed pitcher Miles Mikolas to make room for Robertson on the 25-man roster.
Between April 23 when he was acquired and May 7 when he was optioned, the outfielder had 11 at-bats and two hits for a .182 average in six games. He also scored a run and had an RBI.
Robertson said he's thrilled to be back, but would be ready to embrace a role that could involve going back and forth between the majors and Triple-A.
"Every day is a new day. If you've got to go down there, you've got to work on things, you've got to play hard, you've got to take the same mentality," Robertson said. "Nothing changes, it's still baseball. It's still the same game up here as it is down there the last time I checked."
With the Express in Round Rock, Robertson had one home run, one triple and three RBIs in seven games. He batted .222.
"It's good to just kind of get my feet wet," he said. "It's just different ... I'm used to playing 135-plus games a year, and now I've only played 11 games the entire year."
Tolleson finding a rhythm
ARLINGTON -- With a pitching staff that has had to deal with multiple injuries, the Rangers have relied more heavily on other arms to get the job done.
Reliever Shawn Tolleson is pitching well and could be coming into a more prominent role.
Saturday against the Blue Jays, Tolleson threw for 1 2/3 innings without allowing a run for the third time in a row. He currently has a 3.63 ERA in 16 games.
"I feel like I'm throwing the ball pretty well. I'm starting to get a good feel for my pitches," Tolleson said. "I'll start throwing a cutter which was a pitch that I threw back in the Minor Leagues and just kind of lost feel for and I'm starting to find that again."
Tolleson said that earlier in the season he got behind in counts and didn't locate his pitches as well as he would've liked. That led to a problem giving up home runs. Now he's working on finding a balance.
"I'm kind of throwing it with more authority and just kind of aiming it in there," Tolleson said.
Rangers manager Ron Washington said he's been pleased with the job Tolleson has done.
"This guy, has just been a one-inning pitcher and we've been using him for two," Washington said. "He's been good, he really has."
• Second baseman Rougned Odor was scratched from Sunday's game with a sore right wrist so Luis Sardinas started for the second straight game.
• Outfielder Jim Adduci, who has been sidelined since April 19 with a fractured pinky on his left hand, is starting to regain some flexibility and has had the pins removed. But he is not ready to resume taking batting practice.
• Outfielder Engel Beltre, who has been sidelined since the end of Spring Training with a fractured right tibia, is throwing and taking batting practice. He is still not yet running at full speed.
• Closer Joakim Soria turned 30 on Sunday.
• Class A Hickory pitcher Collin Wiles, who was the 53rd overall pick in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, has been placed on the disabled list with a sore right elbow.
Grace Raynor is an associate reporter for MLB.comThis story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.