Rick Gosselin, eight days ago:
On Robbie Ross possibly moving into the starting rotation:
Gosselin: He’s been their best pitcher. He’s been the most consistent pitcher they’ve got, but here’s a guy who didn’t play in triple-A. He jumped up from double-A and they talk about him being a starter, and I think in the future he will be a starting pitcher, but he’s still getting used to big league hitters. I think they’re picking their spots with him, putting him in positions where he can have success and build his confidence. If you put him in the rotation right now, I think that could be a disaster.
Barry Horn, a few days after that:
On who replaces Alexi Ogando if he goes on DL:
Horn: “Unfortunately, there is consideration for Robbie Ross, which would be a very unfortunate outcome for this. He’s the only left hander in the bullpen. He’s a kid. He hasn’t pitched a lot of innings.”
David Moore, yesterday or something, on a post titled "Moore: Rangers would run risk of 'overexposing' Robbie Ross by starting him"
On Robbie Ross becoming a starter:
Moore: “You overexpose him now to get through this period, OK, then what happens in the final month of the season as you’re really positioning for a playoff spot and how effective would he be then if you give him too many innings so those are the things they’re weighing with. They’re very reluctant although if they’re forced to, Ross is naturally that’s going to assume that role, but you want to delay it as long as possible to see if you can address it in other ways.”
What is with this ridiculous hive-mind mentality over at the Morning News that Ross is basically going to crap all over himself like a little baby and/or hurt himself and/or curl up into the fetal position if he gets a few spot starts before Holland/Oswalt make it back? I realize it's a moot point now because of the impending Grimm promotion and move into the rotation, and I recognize that there would be a downside to moving Ross from the rotation to the bullpen (namely, that your bullpen gets weaker, which is Ron Washington's big reason for not pulling the trigger), but that's not the big downside being cited here.
No, the big downside being cited here is that Ross could go into the rotation for a couple of starts, completely implode, and then enter a complete tailspin with his confidence being completely shot. I don't know of a single scouting type, or even a keen baseball observer, who WOULD look at Ross and what he's done to this point in his career and what traits and characteristics define him as a player and as a person, and would find that worst-case scenario likely enough to happen that it would deter them from plugging Ross into the rotation for a couple of starts.
And 'overexpose' Ross? Really? I'm not saying he's necessarily cut out yet for an extended starting assignment in the majors (that's a whole different debate), but we're talking about exactly the sort of pitcher who's very much capable of giving a major league offense fits in a given start, who could experience some short-run success -- a rookie southpaw with two very good pitches with natural movement, plus command and deception, and an aggressive, strike-throwing, bulldog-like demeanor. We're talking about a brief, finite starting assignment. I don't know why on earth you'd treat it like a foregone conclusion that Ross would be 'overexposed' in that period.
TL;DR version: A bunch of DMN people who aren't baseball guys think Ross starting a game would be a terrible thing. I think they're dead wrong. I think the correct way to use 'overexpose' is by saying that FSNSW/DMN are really overexposing guys like the Goose and Horn and Moore by having them talk about things that they're really not qualified to discuss intelligently.