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.