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More good news on the health front for the Texas Rangers.
Centerfielder Carlos Gomez is expected to continue his rehab assignment in Double-A Frisco as early as Wednesday and could make his return to the Rangers lineup this weekend in Arlington against the Seattle Mariners.
Gomez was placed on the disabled list last month with a right hamstring injury. He spent the weekend at Triple-A Round Rock as the designated hitter, going 2-for-8 with an RBI. Gomez is in Houston working out with the team with hopes of seeing some time in the outfield during his rehab assignment. The Rangers face the division-leading Astros in a three-game series starting Monday night.
The innings and playing time could increase when he arrives in Frisco to make sure he will be ready to get the green light to go this weekend. The righty was hitting .246 with four home runs and .331 OPS in 38 games prior to the injury.
The Roughriders start a four-game series with the San Antonio Missions Wednesday night at Dr. Pepper Ballpark. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. in Frisco.
The debut of pitcher Tyson Ross in a Texas Rangers uniform appears to be happening this week.
Manager Jeff Banister said the expectation is that the next start for Ross will be in the majors. Now the question is when that will be.
Wednesday in Houston could be a possibility. That would allow Andrew Cashner and Martin Perez to get two extra says of rest before their next start due to the off-day on Thursday.
The numbers were not impressive for Ross during his rehab stint at Triple-A Round Rock. On Friday, he allowed 10 hits and eight runs in five innings. Overall, Ross was 2-1 with a 7.71 ERA in four starts as he tries to get back in the groove after undergoing thoracic outlet surgery during the offseason. The righty also dealt with back spasms in April. The most important part of his trip to Round Rock had nothing to do with stats but finding a rhythm and delivery. The Rangers felt that was accomplished.
The hope was that Ross would be ready to go as early as Sunday against the Nationals. Instead, they went with Austin Bibens-Dirkx and will either go with Nick Martinez or Dillon Gee on Tuesday against the Astros.
Ross was signed by the Rangers to a one-year deal during the offseason.