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Ross on 'right path' in bid for rotation spot

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PEORIA, Ariz. -- San Diego Padres right-hander Tyson Ross has flashed All-Star capability at Petco Park before. Now, after battling his way back from thoracic outlet syndrome and having a difficult year in Texas, he's competing to get back into San Diego's rotation in his second stint with the club.

He may have a chance, largely due to the fact that there's essentially three spots available. Clayton Richard and Bryan Mitchell have essentially clinched spots within the rotation, leaving the remaining slots open to a variety of names, ranging from unproven talents such as Luis Perdomo to experienced veterans like Chris Young. Ross is scheduled to start Wednesday afternoon's game against the Giants at Scottsdale Stadium. 

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PEORIA, Ariz. -- San Diego Padres right-hander Tyson Ross has flashed All-Star capability at Petco Park before. Now, after battling his way back from thoracic outlet syndrome and having a difficult year in Texas, he's competing to get back into San Diego's rotation in his second stint with the club.

He may have a chance, largely due to the fact that there's essentially three spots available. Clayton Richard and Bryan Mitchell have essentially clinched spots within the rotation, leaving the remaining slots open to a variety of names, ranging from unproven talents such as Luis Perdomo to experienced veterans like Chris Young. Ross is scheduled to start Wednesday afternoon's game against the Giants at Scottsdale Stadium. 

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"He's got a chance," Padres manager Andy Green said of Ross. "He has to perform. I think he's performed at an All-Star caliber before, so he's definitely got that in his favor. He's coming off a long and tough year for him. I think for him to go out and string together consecutive good outings would bode well for his chances."

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Ross last pitched in the regular season for San Diego as the club's Opening Day starter in 2016. He went on the disabled list after that start and underwent surgery to relieve his thoracic outlet syndrome that October. After returning to the Majors with Texas, he posted a 7.71 ERA in 12 appearances (10 starts).

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The Padres are attempting to be more deliberate in bringing Ross, a non-roster invitee, back into the fold. They hope to get him stretched out to four and five innings over his next few outings.

"He's definitely on the right path," Green said.

Cimber making the most of opportunity

In 306 1/3 career professional innings, Padres reliever Adam Cimber has posted a career 3.06 ERA and has emerged as a multi-inning relief threat as high as the Triple-A level.

But the big league call has yet to come, and as he took the mound at Camelback Ranch to face the White Sox on Sunday, he remained a relative unknown. Cimber tossed a perfect inning in his fourth consecutive appearance without allowing a baserunner to open the spring.

"He's one of those guys that constantly gets doubted because he doesn't have some of the pedigree other players do, but he performs," Green said. "He's performed his entire career."

Continued spring dominance could lead to Cimber making his long-awaited arrival in the Majors at age 27.

"If he keeps throwing like this, his chance will come quicker than if he doesn't," Green said. "He's on the right path. He's throwing the ball very well, and he's definitely a guy we're talking about and considering for our Major League club right now."

Capps struggles in spring debut

Carter Capps' first step toward making a big league comeback was anything but storybook on Sunday, but considering it was his first outing in quite some time, he'll have more chances as the month progresses.

Capps, auditioning for a spot in the Padres' bullpen, yielded three runs -- including two homers -- in one inning on Sunday against the A's.

"Honestly, it was a step forward from what I'd seen in the previous live batting practices and the batting practices before that," Green said. "He keeps taking steps forward, keeps getting better at releasing his back side last time on the mound. The results aren't there, but this guy is coming off a major surgery and the important thing is how he feels. If he keeps feeling better, we're going to see the velo uptick and you'll see the stuff playing better."

Capps has had a rough couple of years. He underwent Tommy John surgery in 2016, had a slow recovery process and then underwent thoracic outlet surgery last September, ending his season.

Makita works quickly

Right-handed submarine reliever Kazuhisa Makita needed just six pitches to retire three A's batters during Sunday's split-squad tilt.

"My main job is obviously to face as [few] batters as possible," he said through an interpreter. "In that respect, that's what I want to continue to do. I would like it to have a couple of runners on, too, to work on those situations as well."

Makita is next scheduled to pitch in the ninth inning of San Diego's game against the Royals on Tuesday at Surprise Stadium.

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Roster moves

The Padres made some roster moves before Monday's game, optioning right-hander Walker Lockett and reassigning right-handers Brett Kennedy, Kyle Lloyd and Jacob Nix to Minor League camp.

Up next

Young, one of the Padres' contenders to make the Opening Day rotation, is expected to start San Diego's game against the Royals at Surprise Stadium on Tuesday night. First pitch is scheduled for 5:05 p.m. PT.

Fabian Ardaya is a contributor for MLB.com.

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