The Texas Rangers activated right-hander Tyson Ross from the 10-day disabled list to start Saturday against the Houston Astros and optioned utility man Ryan Rua to Triple-A Round Rock.
The Rangers also claimed infielder Phil Gosselin off waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday and optioned him to Triple-A Round Rock. Ross will make the start against the American League West leaders as the Rangers get set to retire Ivan Rodriguez’s No. 7 in a pregame ceremony.
Ross has struggled to stay healthy in his first season with the Rangers, as he’ll be making just his eighth start of the year and is 2-2 with a 7.52 ERA. He began the season on the 10-day disabled list and was placed on the disabled list again on July 24 due to a blister on his right finger. Ross made just one start last season with the San Diego Padres, which came on opening day, due to shoulder inflammation and Thoracic Outlet Syndrome surgery.
In four seasons with the Padres, Ross was 26-35 with a 3.16 ERA in 100 outings (81 starts) while appearing in an All-Star Game. He debuted with the Oakland A’s in 2010 and spent three seasons with them.
Rua, 27, played in 99 games last year but has bounced between Triple-A Round Rock and the majors this season. He’s slashed .202/.275/.343 with three home runs in 45 games this year. He’s played in parts of the last four seasons with the Rangers and was making his second stint of the year with them. The Rangers selected him in the 11th round of the 2011 MLB Draft.