Injured San Diego Padres pitcher Tyson Ross is heading for Triple-A Tucson on Tuesday to begin rehabilitating his left shoulder injury.
The right-hander was placed on the disabled list due to a left shoulder subluxation, the clinical term for a partial dislocation of the shoulder. Though this is not his throwing shoulder, the extent of the injury has prevented Ross from hitting comfortably and playing at his full ability.
According to Padres general manager Bud Black, Ross is expected to pitch in middle relief during Tuesday’s game. The hope is that Ross will be able to toss for two or three innings so that his pitch count can reach somewhere between 45 and 55.
Since Ross has been able to keep his dominant right arm in shape during his time off, his rehabilitation is not expected to take long. The real work lies in pinpointing the soreness and difficulties he will still face in fielding and hitting with his tender left shoulder.
Though it is far too soon to make a prediction on Ross’ return to the Major Leagues and the Padres’ lineup, the earliest forecasts show the pitcher returning to Petco Park in about two to three weeks. After all, Tuesday will only be his first day swinging the bat for Triple-A Tucson. With steady practice and healthy maintenance of his shoulder injury, Ross should be back in business and on the mound for the Friars in no time.