August 5, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Texas Rangers pitcher Robbie Ross (28) delivers a pitch against the Kansas City Royals during the ninth inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-US PRESSWIRE
T.R. Sullivan reports that Rangers lefty reliever Robbie Ross is being placed on the disabled list with left forearm soreness.
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The Ross d.l.'ing was initially, to me, a baffling move, given that rosters are expanding tomorrow, and thus there's no real need to place a player on the disabled list to create a 25 man roster spot. However, the Rangers could not immediately recall Tanner Scheppers, who was optioned less than 10 days ago, without placing someone on the disabled list whose place Scheppers would take.
The Rangers have also purchased the contract of minor league pitcher Tyler Tufts and placed him on the disabled list, a move that appears to be designed to give the Rangers extra flexibility in setting their playoff roster. Players who were on the 25 man roster or on the major league disabled list as of August 31 are eligible to be on the postseason roster. However, if a player who would be eligible under those rules is injured come playoff team, another player can take that player's place on the postseason roster, so long as the new player was in the organization as of August 31.
To make room on the 40 man roster for Profar, the Rangers have designated lefty reliever Miguel de los Santos for assignment.