Ross gave up a hit and hit a batter while recording one out in Friday's loss to the Cubs. After Justin Miller (shoulder) was forced to exit the game in the seventh inning with one man on and two outs, Ross checked in and promptly loaded the bases before getting Jason Heyward to fly out and end the frame. The right-hander's transition to a relief role has been shaky this season, and he now has a 9.28 ERA, 1.97 WHIP and 8:6 K:BB through 10.2 innings over 13 appearances.
Ross tossed two scoreless innings in Friday's loss to the Marlins, allowing one hit and striking out one. After a shaky first appearance in which he coughed up three runs and recorded only one out, Ross has looked much more comfortable in his last two outings, firing four innings without giving up a run while posting a 3:0 K:BB. The right-hander could eventually get a chance at starting again if injuries hit the Nats' rotation, but for now he'll give the team some length out of the bullpen.
Ross was called up from Triple-A Fresno on Sunday, Jamal Collier of MLB.com reports. Ross was moved into a bullpen role in spring training and rejoins the team with the Nationals in need of fresh arms. The 25-year-old could serve in a variety of roles given the massive early season struggles of Washington's bullpen.
Ross was optioned to Triple-A Fresno on Saturday, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. Ross had a strong spring, recording a 2.53 ERA and a 10:3 K:BB in 10.2 spring innings. Despite that performance, he wound up the odd man out in the Nationals' rotation. He could be the first one called on if an injury strikes one of the team's top five starters.
Ross is being considered for a switch to the bullpen, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports. The Nats' current projected big-league bullpen doesn't feature a true long reliever, which could be a problem if Jeremy Hellickson is strictly limited to pitching only twice through the order -- potentially opening the door for Ross to make the 25-man roster. The right-hander is still being stretched out as a starter for now. He got his first start of the spring in a split-squad game Monday, tossing 61 pitches over three innings, and will probably begin the season in the rotation for Triple-A Fresno. If he struggles in the PCL, Ross could find himself moved to a relief role for good.