San Diego Padres: Tyson Ross Takes The Spotlight

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SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 04: Tyson Ross
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 04: Tyson Ross /
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The San Diego Padres weren’t on TV yesterday, but don’t worry, you didn’t miss much.

For the nearly 5,000 fans that attended yesterday’s game at Surprise Stadium, at least the weather was beautiful! The San Diego Padres and Kansas City Royals combined for just seven hits as the Padres fell, 4-0.

Chase Headley was the only projected Padres’ starter to be in yesterday’s lineup as Andy Green gave all of the bubble players a chance to separate themselves from the competition.

Unfortunately, that didn’t happen.

Raffy Lopez and Travis Jankowski were the only San Diego hitters to record a hit, both singles. Jankowski was immediately picked off first base while a Matt Szczur GIDP wiped out the single by Lopez.

The only Friar to step up? RHP Tyson Ross.

San Diego Padres
San Diego Padres /

San Diego Padres

Ross pitched four shutout innings in relief, allowing just one hit and one walk. He allowed only one flyball to leave the infield, producing five groundball outs, sprinkled with a few infield popups.

It’s been assumed that Ross, Chris Young, and a host of other younger arms were all in competition for one spot in the starting rotation. It appears that’s not the case anymore.

According to this recent report by San Diego Union-Tribune Padres’ beat writer Kevin Acee, there may be two rotation spots available. Will the Padres send Luis Perdomo to El Paso?

Perdomo made the jump from High-A ball to the pros after the Padres made him a Rule-5 draft pick, forcing Perdomo to learn the hard way. Will a developed third pitch make a difference? Is Perdomo destined to be a bullpen arm? This season should paint a clearer picture of what Perdomo’s future is.

The question now seems to be, who do you trust more, Luis Perdomo or Chris Young?

Next: Young LHP Provide Hope For Padres Rotation

The Padres take on the Chicago Cubs today as they head into their spring off-day on Wednesday. Jordan Lyles and Mike Montgomery are the scheduled starters for today’s 1 pm PT first pitch which can be seen on Fox Sports San Diego.

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