OAKLAND -- Right-hander Tyson Ross gave the A's "all we expected and more" in his start on Saturday, in the words of manager Bob Melvin, but with no spot in the rotation, the team optioned Ross back to Triple-A Sacramento on Sunday. Left-handed reliever Pedro Figueroa was called up to replace him.
Ross allowed just one hit -- a home run by San Diego's Carlos Quentin -- over six innings and received a no-decision in Oakland's 6-4 win Saturday. Ross was starting in place of Brandon McCarthy, who's been sidelined with shoulder soreness, but McCarthy appears ready to rejoin the rotation on Tuesday.
"Certainly made it a little bit difficult on us to send him down, giving up only one hit," Melvin said. "Did a lot of the things that we've wanted him to work on. Maybe the ball-strike ratio wasn't his best, but certainly the performance ended up being great. Gave us a chance to win."
Figueroa, 26, was previously with Oakland from April 21 to May 22. While he had a 2.00 ERA in eight games, the lefty also walked nine batters in his nine innings. In seven games for Sacramento since being sent down, Figueroa has recorded a 3.18 ERA and has shown improved control. Melvin said the team chose him specifically for a callup based on the advice of the organization's development staff.