Ross (7-9) threw six innings Sunday, allowing two runs on four hits and two walks in the 8-2 win over the Royals. He struck out four and earned the victory. Ross was solid in his first appearance with St. Louis, stepping in for a spot start after Luke Weaver (finger) was a late scratch. Unless Weaver goes to the disabled list, Ross likely will find himself in more of a bullpen role rather than starting. He dropped his ERA to 4.38 with 111 strikeouts in 129.1 innings overall on the season.
Ross will start Sunday's game at Kansas City, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports. Scheduled starter Luke Weaver was a late scratch due to a cut on his finger, so Ross will make his first appearance since being acquired by the Cardinals last week. The veteran right-hander had a 4.45 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 107:52 K:BB in 22 starts with the Padres this year.
Ross was added to the Cardinals' active roster ahead of Tuesday's game against the Marlins. Ross, who was claimed off waivers from the Padres over the weekend, will take the roster spot of John Brebbia, who was optioned to Triple-A Memphis in a corresponding move. The veteran right-hander will start out in the Cardinals' bullpen, though he'll remain an option to start should an opportunity arise. Ross owns a 4.45 ERA through 123.1 innings (22 starts) this season.
Ross was claimed off waivers by the Cardinals on Sunday. Ross had a 3.32 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 90:35 K:BB through his first 16 starts of the season, but in six starts since the beginning of July, he has allowed 26 runs over 28.1 innings. The 31-year-old will likely enter the Cardinals rotation against the Marlins on Wednesday or Friday against Kansas City.
Ross (6-9) surrendered three runs on six hits and two walks while striking out two over five innings as he took the loss Friday against the Cubs. Ross was pulled from the game with a two-run deficit, and the Padres' ninth inning rally would fall just short as the Cubs secured a 5-4 victory. The 31-year-old finished the month of July with a 1-3 record and an 8.87 ERA across 23.1 innings (five starts), so he'll look to turn things around following a loss to start August.