The Nationals transferred Ross (elbow) from the 10-day injured list to the 60-day IL on Monday, Matt Weyrich of NBC Sports Washington reports. Washington already shut Ross down for the season earlier this month when he was diagnosed with a partial tear of the UCL in his right elbow, so the transaction was merely made to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for waiver pickup Mike Ford. Ross is expected to avoid the second Tommy John surgery of his career and will treat the elbow injury through rest and rehab throughout the winter. The Nationals are hopeful that he'll be back to full strength for the start of spring training.
Ross (elbow) won't pitch again this season but will not require Tommy John surgery, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports. Ross received about as positive of an opinion as he could have hoped for following a recent doctor's visit to examine his partially torn UCL. The injury isn't bad enough to require surgery, with the Nationals hoping that he'll be ready to go for the start of next season following an extended period of rest. The righty had a decent season, finishing the year with a 4.17 ERA. However, given the lingering questions about his arm and his past health history (he's yet to reach even 20 stars in any of his six big-league seasons), it's tough to have much optimism heading into 2022.
Nationals manager Dave Martinez said Ross will be placed on the 10-day injured list Sunday due to a flexor pronator strain in his right forearm and a partial UCL tear in his right elbow, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports. Ross was initially diagnosed with right forearm tightness coming out of his long-relief appearance Wednesday in the resumption of Tuesday's suspended game against the Mets, but a follow-up MRI revealed the UCL tear. According to Martinez, Ross is scheduled to be re-evaluated in the coming days, and Tommy John surgery could be a possibility for the right-hander, who previously underwent the procedure in July 2018. Even if surgery is ruled out this time around, Ross will likely be shut down for an extended period and likely won't pitch again in 2021. Assuming that's the case, he'll wrap up the campaign with a 5-9 record, 4.17 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 109:34 K:BB in 108 frames.
Ross covered five innings and gave up four runs on six hits and a walk while striking out two in Tuesday's 8-7 loss to the Mets, a game Washington and New York resumed Wednesday. Ross was technically making his first relief appearance of the season, as he stepped in to replace starter Paolo Espino, who pitched the first inning Tuesday before the contest was suspended in the top of the second due to inclement weather. Though Washington staked him to a 4-1 lead by the time he took the mound, Ross didn't hold up to his end of the bargain, as the Mets plated three runs in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game. Ross was still in line for the win after departing in the bottom of the seventh with Washington up 7-5, but the Nationals bullpen blew the two-run advantage to saddle him with a no-decision. Ross is expected to work as a traditional starter in his next outing, which will likely come Tuesday at home versus the Blue Jays.
Ross will serve as the Nationals' opening pitcher for Game 1 of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Mets, which will pick up in the second inning after the contest was suspended Tuesday due to inclement weather, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports. Ross was originally slated to start Wednesday night's contest, but he'll instead be in prime position to pick up a win while taking over during the second frame of the suspended game that had been started by Paolo Espino with the Nationals leading 3-1. The right-hander has a 3.03 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 42:9 K:BB in 35.2 innings across his past six starts. The Nationals have yet to decide who will start Game 2 of the impromptu twin bill.