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Joe Ross | Starting Pitcher | #41

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (23) / 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 (shoulder) will throw a bullpen session Wednesday in Cleveland.
Ross joined up with the Nationals on Tuesday after going three scoreless innings in his rehab debut Sunday with Low-A Hagerstown. He only threw 43 pitches in that outing, so another rehab appearance is likely in the plans. The right-hander might even need two more minor league starts. Jul 26 - 4:35 PM

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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Yankees "have an interest" in Joe Ross, but the Nationals are "disinclined to trade him."

Heyman hears that the Nats could be the favorites to land Aroldis Chapman, but a source told him that there's "no chance" Washington would give up Ross for a rental. It's a perfectly reasonable stance to take, as Ross boasts a 3.56 ERA and 148/47 K/BB ratio over his first 172 major league innings and is under team control through 2021. Ross is currently working his way back from right shoulder inflammation.
Jul 24 - 9:50 AM

Joe Ross (shoulder) will begin a rehab assignment with Low-A Hagerstown on Sunday.

It's expected to be his lone rehab outing before rejoining the Nationals' rotation, assuming all goes well. The Nationals haven't said yet who will start in Ross' place on Sunday, but Lucas Giolito would be on turn.
Jul 22 - 3:56 PM

Joe Ross (shoulder) will make a rehab start before returning to the Nationals' rotation.

Which rules him out for this Sunday's spot. Ross made it through a simulated game Tuesday without issue and the next step could be a live minor league game. He's been out since July 2 with shoulder inflammation.
Jul 20 - 3:52 PM

Joe Ross (shoulder) threw a simulated game Tuesday at Nationals Park.

It's unclear what the next step will be, but the Nationals could have him make a minor league rehab start before returning. Reynaldo Lopez will take his spot in the Nationals' rotation for now. Ross has been out since July 2 with right shoulder inflammation.
Jul 19 - 2:32 PM

Joe Ross (shoulder) threw on flat ground Saturday.

The session was observed by pitching coach Mike Maddux. Ross is also expected to throw a bullpen session during the All-Star break. The right-hander actually called his disabled list stint a "blessing in disguise" because the layoff will keep him fresh for September. Ross landed on the DL with shoulder inflammation after watching his velocity dip in a start against the Reds last Saturday.
Jul 9 - 4:53 PM

Nationals placed RHP Joe Ross on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation.

Ross' velocity got progressively worse during Saturday's start against the Reds, as he was topping out around 89 mph by the end of the outing. It doesn't appear that he's dealing with any structural damage, but the Nats have decided he'd be best off resting for a while. Lucas Giolito will remain in the rotation.
Jul 3 - 1:52 PM

The Nationals will examine Joe Ross on Sunday after the righty had a noticeable drop in velocity during Saturday's start against the Reds.

Ross was throwing 94-95 mph in the first inning Saturday but was topping out at 89 mph by the end of the start. The righty insists that he "felt good" physically, but his "stuff just wasn't there, command wasn't really there." It's unclear what kind of tests the Nats will put Ross through, but it appears his status for his next scheduled start is up in the air. The club could keep Lucas Giolito around as Ross' replacement if they determine Ross needs some time off.
Jul 3 - 1:09 PM

Joe Ross gave up 10 hits and four runs over 5 1/3 innings Saturday against the Reds.

Amazingly, Ross had the same number of hits and runs allowed in his last start as well, but he went 1-0 in those two games. On Saturday, he struck out just two and was on the hook for his fifth loss before the game went into extra innings. Ross remains 7-4 with a 3.49 ERA and 1.26 WHIP through 16 starts, and he'll take on the Mets on Thursday before hitting the All-Star break.
Jul 3 - 12:32 AM

Joe Ross started slow but finished strong Monday, yielding four runs over six innings in an 11-4 win over the Mets.

It was looking like Ross would be lucky to escape the third inning, but he settled in and allowed just one baserunner over his final three frames of work. Ross gave up 10 hits on the night, but he walked only one and recorded seven strikeouts. The young righty has seen his ERA go from 2.37 to 3.30 over his last five starts, although he struck out over a batter per inning over that stretch. Ross faces the Reds next.
Jun 27 - 11:27 PM

Joe Ross yielded three earned runs over seven innings Sunday in a no-decision against the Phillies.

Jonathan Papelbon wound up earning the win despite serving up a go-ahead homer to Maikel Franco in the top of the ninth because Jayson Werth walked it off for the Nats with a two-run single in the bottom of that frame. Ross struck out eight and issued only one walk before exiting. He has a cool 3.01 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, and 59/22 K/BB ratio in 71 2/3 innings this season.
Jun 12 - 7:15 PM

Joe Ross was hit hard in a no-decision against the White Sox on Tuesday, surrendering five runs on four hits over just four innings.

Ross struggled with his command throughout the outing, walking four while striking out five and needing 91 pitches to get through four frames. The White Sox got to him early, pushing across a pair of runs in the first inning, then tacking on three more in the second, highlighted by a two-run homer by Todd Frazier. He'll bring a 3.06 ERA and 1.21 WHIP into Sunday's start against the Phillies.
Jun 8 - 12:10 AM

Joe Ross held the Phillies to one run over seven innings of work in Tuesday's 5-1 victory.

Aaron Nola pitched well, but Ross was a bit better. He permitted just three hits and two walks on the night while striking out five, throwing 103 pitches across his seven frames. Ross' strikeouts have been down from his rookie season, as he's punched out a disappointing 46 over 60 2/3 innings. However, he'll carry a 2.37 ERA and 1.15 WHIP into June. Ross gets the White Sox next.
May 31 - 11:49 PM

Joe Ross allowed one run over seven innings in a win over the Cardinals on Thursday.

Ross gave up a solo home run to Aledmys Diaz among his six hits allowed, but he otherwise kept the Cardinals off the scoreboard. Ross walked just one while striking out four. The win snapped a four-start losing streak, bringing him to an even 4-4 in nine starts. Ross will carry a 2.52 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 41/16 K/BB ratio into Tuesday's start at the Phillies.
May 26 - 9:41 PM

Joe Ross was unable to obtain a quality start in Saturday's loss to the Marlins, surrendering three runs on eight hits over 5 2/3 innings.

Ross struck out seven and walked two, with the Marlins scoring against him via an RBI single by Martin Prado in the fifth inning and a two-run home run by Justin Bour in the sixth inning. Through his first eight starts (46 2/3 innings), he has pitched to a strong 2.89 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 37/15 K/BB ratio. Ross will play host to the Cardinals next time he takes the mound.
May 21 - 10:31 PM

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