Ross threw five innings and took the no-decision Thursday, allowing two runs on four hits and two walks in the 4-3 loss to the Cubs. In his first MLB action since July of 2017, Ross turned in a decent outing despite failing to record a strikeout. He kept the Cubs scoreless through three innings before giving up two runs in the fourth. He'll look to take the mound again in Miami next Tuesday.
Ross has been confirmed as the Nationals' starting pitcher for Thursday's game against the Cubs. The Nationals endured no further rainouts after a postponement Monday resulted in Washington and Philadelphia playing a doubleheader Tuesday, so Ross will slot into the rotation Thursday for his first official start in the big leagues this season. After a lengthy recovery from Tommy John surgery, Ross was activated from the 60-day disabled list Sept. 4 and took the hill that same day against the Cubs, but he pitched only 1.2 innings before the contest was postponed due to inclement weather. Though his statistics were wiped out as a result, Ross looked good in the brief cameo, with his fastball even hitting 97 miles per hour on the radar gun. While the Nationals will probably monitor his pitch counts carefully during Thursday's start and any subsequent turns he makes, Ross could make for an interesting upside pickup in deeper leagues after he occasionally flashed signs of dominance prior to succumbing to the elbow injury in 2017.
Ross is tentatively scheduled to start Thursday against the Cubs, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports. Ross rejoined the rotation last week, but his start -- which was his first since undergoing Tommy John surgery in July of 2017 -- was rained out after just 1.2 innings. The 25-year-old looked sharp prior to the postponement, hitting 97 mph with his fastball and allowing just one hit while striking out one. His next start is tentatively set for Thursday, though that could easily change with rain threatening the east coast all week.
Ross will start Friday against the Cubs, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports. Ross has been sidelined all season while recovering from Tommy John surgery that he underwent in July of 2017, but he's finally been cleared to rejoin the starting rotation after completing a six-game rehab minor-league assignment during which he posted a 2.39 ERA and 19:8 K:BB across 26.1 innings. He fired 89 pitches in his final rehab start, so Ross shouldn't be on too strict of a pitch count in his 2018 debut, though the Nationals figure to handle him with care down the stretch. Ross owns a 3.95 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 230:70 K:BB across 255.1 career innings in the majors, so he could provide value over the final month of the season. The right-hander will take the rotation spot of Jefry Rodriguez, who will shift to the bullpen.
Ross (elbow) was activated from the 60-day disabled list Tuesday, Dan Kolko of MASN Sports reports. We knew this move was coming, but the mystery surrounds if and when Ross will join the big-league rotation over the final month. Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reported Monday that manager Davey Martinez said Ross could start for the Nationals "soon." The talented righty threw 89 pitches in a rehab start Saturday for Triple-A Syracuse, so he could be ready to start for the Nationals as soon as Thursday against the Cubs -- a date where Washington's starter is listed as TBD, as of Tuesday afternoon. He has a 3.95 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 230 strikeouts in 255.1 MLB innings and could provide value in many formats if he does indeed slot back into the rotation over the final four weeks.