OFFICIAL: #Dbacks reinstate OF Cody Ross from 15-day disabled list and designate LHP Ryan Rowland-Smith for assignment— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) April 18, 2014
Cody Ross is rejoining the Diamondbacks after a long injury absence. On August 11th of last season against the Mets, Ross dislocated and fractured his right hip while running out a grounder. He spent the offseason healing, and spent the first few weeks of the season rehabbing with the Reno Aces. He hit .290/.313/.323 in his nine games there.
To make room on the 25-Man roster, Left-handed reliever Ryan Rowland-Smith was designated for assignment. The Australian reliever put up a 4.91 ERA in 7.1 Innings pitched for the Diamondbacks this season. This season was his first in the big leagues since 2010 when he was with the Mariners.
With Rowland-Smith's DFA and yesterday's outrighting of Alex Sanabia to Reno, the Diamondbacks 40-Man roster stands at 38 members as of today.
Ross is currently in the second of a three-year deal signed in the 2012/2013 offseason with the D'Backs. He hit .278/.331/.413 with 8 Home Runs and 38 RBI. Though it should be said that most of that damage came against left-handed pitching, with a slash line of .391/.430/.582 against southpaws.
This move also brings the number of bench players back to the more standard 5. This also means that the current D'Backs 25-man roster has 5 outfielders on it.
It was just announced (like as I was typing this) that Ross will be starting and batting 5th against the Dodgers tonight.