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Joe Ross | Starting Pitcher | #41

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (22) / 5/21/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 225
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (25) / SD
Contract: view contract details
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Joe Ross (blister) will take his next turn in the Nationals' rotation on Saturday in St. Louis.
Ross had to exit his start last Wednesday after two innings when a blister opened up on his right middle finger and the Nationals scratched him from his turn Tuesday night against the Phillies, but he says the blister has already healed. "It’s feeling good. I think I could throw today," Ross told MASN on Tuesday. "They decided to skip me and give me some more rest. I don’t think they want me to re-aggravate my finger or anything like that." Apr 26 - 6:56 PM
Source: MASN

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Joe Ross (blister) will not make his scheduled start on Tuesday against the Phillies.

Ross exited an outing last Wednesday with a blister on his right middle finger, and it's apparently not healed yet. He'll have his turn skipped but will avoid the disabled list for now. Max Scherzer will move up to start on regular rest Tuesday.
Apr 24 - 1:32 PM

Joe Ross was lifted from Wednesday's start against the Marlins due to a blister.

Ross managed two scoreless innings before a blister on his right middle finger brought an early end to his night. During his abbreviated time on the mound, he allowed one hit, walked one and hit a batter. He exited stage left after throwing 33 pitches. Ross' next start was scheduled to come against the Phillies. It remains to be seen if he will be able to make that one.
Source: MASN Sports
Apr 20 - 9:00 PM

Joe Ross fired 7 2/3 scoreless innings in a 9-1 win over the Phillies on Friday night.

The Nationals are now off to their best start in franchise history at 8-1. Ross was brilliant, allowing just three hits while walking two and striking out five. He has now allowed just one run in 14 2/3 innings to begin the year. The 22-year-old right-hander was very impressive as a rookie and possesses breakout potential this season.
Apr 15 - 10:51 PM

Joe Ross was on his game in helping dispatch the Marlins 4-2 on Sunday, yielding one run on five hits over seven innings.

It was a nice, clean showing for Ross, who walked two and struck out five on the afternoon. The only run to score against him came in the very first inning, when Giancarlo Stanton hit an RBI single to score Dee Gordon. The Marlins wouldn't score again until Christian Yelich hit a solo homer in the ninth inning. Last season (his first in the bigs), the 22-year-old Ross held a 3.64 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 69/21 K/BB ratio across 76 2/3 innings. On the fantasy front, he makes for a decent low-end rotational option in mixed league formats.
Apr 10 - 4:47 PM

Saturday's game between the Nationals and Marlins was postponed due to inclement weather.

Saturday's scheduled starter Joe Ross will be pushed back until Sunday for the Nationals. No makeup date has been announced.
Apr 9 - 12:33 PM

Joe Ross was pounded for eight runs in five innings by the Twins on Saturday.

Ross actually struck out eight and walked none in the game. He allowed two homers, but the opposing starter, Ricky Nolasco, gave up four on a day that was pretty kind to the bats. As the Nationals' fifth starter, Ross is expected to lot a little bullpen time in April because of off days, but he's still a nice bottom-of-the-rotation guy in mixed leagues.
Apr 2 - 4:02 PM

Joe Ross is expected to pitch out of the Nationals' bullpen at the beginning of the season.

The Nats are going with four starters for a while, and Ross makes sense to use in relief for a bit since they're going to limit his innings, anyway. This doesn't affect his status as a nice fantasy option for 2016.
Apr 1 - 3:10 PM

The Nationals are considering skipping their fifth starter early on in the season.

A few off days means they wouldn't need a fifth starter until April 13. That means Joe Ross could possibly be used in relief for a while, which wouldn't be a huge deal since the Nats will monitor his workload this season, anyway. Ross threw a career-high 152 2/3 innings last season.
Mar 27 - 3:19 PM

Joe Ross (heel) expects to take his next turn in the Nationals' spring rotation.

Ross made an early exit from his start Sunday versus the Tigers after taking a comebacker off the back of his right foot, but he was walking around the Nationals clubhouse Monday without a noticeable limp and told reporters that his heel is "barely sore at all." The young right-hander posted an impressive 3.64 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, and 69/21 K/BB ratio over 76 2/3 innings last season as a rookie.
Mar 21 - 11:31 AM

Joe Ross was walking around the Nationals clubhouse with no noticeable limp on Monday.

A nice early report out of Viera, Florida. Ross took a comebacker off his right heel Sunday in a Grapefruit League game against the Tigers, but it sounds as though he came away from this one with nothing more than a bruise. The young right-hander is locked into an Opening Day rotation spot with the Nats.
Mar 21 - 9:25 AM

Joe Ross has been diagnosed with a right heel contusion.

Ross was nailed by a comebacker off the bat of Nick Castellanos in the second inning of Sunday's game. He'll be re-evaluated on Monday before more is known, but the young righty should ultimately be fine.
Mar 20 - 2:29 PM

Joe Ross left Sunday's start against the Tigers in the second inning after being hit in the right foot with a comebacker.

The good news is that Ross walked off the field under his own power, so it appears his departure might just have been precautionary. The Nationals should have more on the young right-hander's status shortly.
Mar 20 - 1:42 PM

Joe Ross incorporated a splitter into his arsenal during Monday's Grapefruit League start against the Marlins.

Ross said that he recently learned it from Jonathan Papelbon, who in turn learned the pitch from Curt Schilling in Boston. The young right-hander estimates that he threw about five of them in his 51 pitches Monday. "It felt pretty good, as far as first time ever pitching in a game," said Ross. "Obviously, a lot of room for improvement. But I think if I can work on that and, say the changeup isn't there in a game, that will be a good alternative to try and rely on and not be so fastball, slider dominant." The splitter could be an alternative for Ross, who has struggled with the development of his changeup as a weapon against right-handed batters. The 22-year-old posted a 3.64 ERA and 69/21 K/BB ratio over 76 2/3 innings during his first taste of the majors last season and has breakout potential if he holds down a rotation spot in 2016.
Mar 7 - 7:43 PM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that Joe Ross has been "one of the most sought-after pitchers of the offseason."

Cafardo notes that Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo "is resisting all offers" for Ross at the moment. Trading the young right-hander just doesn't make any sense for the Nats, as they're poised to lose Jordan Zimmermann and Doug Fister in free agency and need Ross in their rotation. Ross is under team control through 2021.
Source: Boston Globe
Sun, Nov 29, 2015 09:19:00 AM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Wilson Ramos
2Jose Lobaton
3Pedro Severino
1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Clint Robinson
2B1Daniel Murphy
SS1Danny Espinosa
2Stephen Drew
3B1Anthony Rendon
LF1Jayson Werth
2Matt den Dekker
CF1Ben Revere
2Michael Taylor
RF1Bryce Harper
2Chris Heisey
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Stephen Strasburg
2Max Scherzer
3Gio Gonzalez
4Joe Ross
5Tanner Roark
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jonathan Papelbon
2Shawn Kelley
3Felipe Rivero
4Blake Treinen
5Oliver Perez
6Matt Belisle
7Yusmeiro Petit
8Aaron Barrett
9Sammy Solis