By Matt Snyder
Ross has filled the vacant rotation spot left by Dallas Braden quite admirably this season, but Lady Luck was not on Ross' side Thursday afternoon.
After just over one batter -- seven pitches -- he was forced from the game with an oblique injury. Denard Span led off the game with a single. On the third pitch to No. 2-hitter Trevor Plouffe, Ross unleashed a pitch that got by catcher Kurt Suzuki -- a passed ball, it would be ruled -- that would prove to be Ross' last pitch of the game. He wandered around the pitcher's mound for a few moments holding his left side before trainers came to the mound and Ross was pulled from the game. He walked off the field under his own power.
David Purcey took over for Ross.
The last Oakland starting pitcher to leave the game without recording a single out was Omar Olivares in 2000. (Buster Olney on Twitter)
The best bet would be a disabled list stint, but there's no word of that just yet.
The 24-year-old right hander entered the day with a 3-2 record and 2.50 ERA and 1.19 WHIP in 36 innings. As a starter, he sported a 2.32 ERA in five outings. Those numbers get touched up a bit, because Span came around to score.
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