Robbie Ross will be the left-hander in the Texas Rangers' bullpen on Opening Day, manager Ron Washington said Sunday.
Ross had a strong spring training, and emerged as the best lefty in big league camp. Michael Kirkman will begin the season at Triple A, and Neal Cotts has a strained lat muscle that will keep him sidelined for 10-14 days.
Ross has a team-low 1.64 ERA in eight Cactus League appearances, and is scheduled to pitch in today's game against San Diego.
Other notes from Sunday:
* Yoshinori Tateyama has a stiff back, and he could begin the season on the disabled list. If that's the case, Mark Lowe and Koji Uehara will have spots in the seven-man bullpen along with Joe Nathan, Mike Adams, Alexi Ogando, Scott Feldman and Ross.
* Adrian Beltre, who had been sidelined the past three games with mild lower back stiffness, is in today's lineup.
* Ron Washington has not made a decision on who will be the utility infielder yet. It's still between Alberto Gonzalez and Luis Hernandez.
-- Drew Davison