The A’s afternoon has gotten off to a very bad start … Starting pitcher Tyson Ross left today’s game against the Twins after just seven pitches with a left oblique strain. He called out catcher Kurt Suzuki after a 2-1 pitch to Trevor Plouffe, and Bob Geren came out with head trainer Nick Paparesta. Shortly after, Ross walked off the field and David Purcey was brought in to relieve.
It’s way early to speculate how much time Ross will miss, if any. But it’s not a promising development for the A’s given Ross is filling in for another injured starter, Dallas Braden, who’s out for the season. If Ross misses any starts, we may see the major league return of Josh Outman. After missing the past 1 1/2 seasons following elbow surgery, Outman has been working regularly in Triple-A Sacramento’s rotation, and word is that his command has been sharper over his past two starts. Bobby Cramer, another potential replacement, is sidelined with an oblique injury of his own. The A’s could also look to Guillermo Moscoso, who is starting for Sacramento and has prior big league experience.
Purcey just gave up a homer to Rene Rivera. The Twins are up 2-0 in the top of the second.