A's Ross departs after seven pitches


A's Ross departs after seven pitches

May 19, 2011A'S NEWS A'S VIDEO

A's right-hander Tyson Ross left Thursday's start against the visiting Minnesota Twins after just seven pitches with what was diagnosed as a left oblique strain.

Ross, 24, was making his sixth start in the rotation in place of the injured Dallas Braden, who underwent season-ending surgery Tuesday to repair a tear in his left (pitching) shoulder capsule.

Left-hander David Purcey replaced Ross on the mound against the Twins.

Ross was 2-0 in his previous four starts with a 1.69 ERA and 18 strikeouts.

With oblique strains tending to be lengthy injuries, and the A's in the middle of a 20-games-in-20-days stretch, it makes sense to look at Triple-A Sacramento for potential replacements.

Left-hander Josh Outman is 4-1 with a 4.78 ERA for the River Cats while right-hander Guillermo Moscoso is 3-2 with a 4.02 ERA and right-hander Graham Godfrey is 4-0 with a 2.43 ERA.

Outman, coming back from Tommy John surgery in 2009, and Moscoso are both on the A's 40-man roster.

Lefty Bobby Cramer, who made the A's opening day roster, is in Sacramento and was scheduled to start tonight, is also a consideration, though he was placed on the disabled list. He will be replaced by Godfrey. The rest of the River Cats' scheduled rotation: Friday - Travis Banwart, Saturday - Yadel Marti, Sunday - Outman, Monday - Moscoso.

Ross' spot comes up in the rotation again Tuesday in Anaheim.

Dodgers designate Sergio Romo for assignment

Dodgers designate Sergio Romo for assignment

The Dodgers made a move on Thursday that will certainly interest Giants fans.

Los Angeles designated Sergio Romo for assignment.

Over 30 appearances this season, Romo is 1-1 with a 6.12 ERA.

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He hasn't taken the mound since July 8.

Against the Giants this year:

- April 24: Allowed one hit and one walk in one inning
- April 25: Allowed two earned runs in 0.1 innings 
- May 2: A perfect 1-2-3 inning
- May 17: Allowed one run in one inning

Romo spent the first nine seasons of his career with the Orange and Black.

From 2008 to 2016, he went 32-26 with a 2.58 ERA and 84 saves over 515 appearances.

He won three World Series rings with the Giants.

Lillard: If Blazers get Carmelo and then run into Warriors during playoffs...

Lillard: If Blazers get Carmelo and then run into Warriors during playoffs...

Who will Carmelo Anthony play for next season?

The Knicks? Rockets? Cavs? Blazers?

Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum are hoping Carmelo ends up in Portland.

"I spoke to him," Lillard told Joe Freeman of The Oregonian. "Because, obviously, he makes us a better team. Obviously with that being out there and that being a real possibility, I don't see why I wouldn't reach out to him and let him know that the interest is mutual if he's interested in us."

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What was his reaction?

"I ain't gonna share all that," Lillard said. "We had a conversation about it because it's something that we need to talk about, so he knew that it wasn't just the team -- but it was myself and C.J. -- would love to have him here. So I reached out to him."

How would he help the Blazers?

"He's Carmelo Anthony," Lillard responded. "You add another guy that can go out there and score 50 ... over the last decade, he's been one of the best players in the league. Playing against him, you know he's a cerebral player. He's smart...

"I can only imagine what it would be like having him iso'ing on one side, and C.J. in a corner, and me on the opposite wing and Nurk (Jusuf Nurkic) ... I can only imagine how hard it would be to guard us when it's already hard to guard us.

"We can compete with anybody in the West, but I think when you get to those teams like Golden State, if we happen to run into them in a playoff situation now -- we getting in the paint, and if they want to help off someone like Melo ... good luck."

The Warriors beat the Blazers in five games in the 2016 Western Conference Semifinals and swept them in the opening round of the 2017 playoffs.

According to McCollum, the Blazers would definitely have homecourt in the first round of the playoffs should Carmelo head to the Pacific Northwest.

"Very talented player. And I think if we get him -- when we get him -- speak it into existence ... I think Top 3 in the West, easy," McCollum declared. "I think he's interested."

Carmelo is reportedly pushing for a trade to the Rockets...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller