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December 15, 2020 12:48 PM
Nationals' Joe Ross: Lines up for rotation role
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ross is expected to be a part of the Nationals' rotation in 2021, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.

The 27-year-old righty has been primarily a starter in his big-league career, though he started just nine games while appearing out of the bullpen in 18 more during his most recent campaign. That came back in 2019, as he opted out of last season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A rotation role gives Ross a path to fantasy relevance, though he hasn't posted an ERA below 5.00 since 2016 and has a long history of injury problems, so that relevance may be limited to deeper formats.

December 1, 2020 04:00 PM
Nationals' Joe Ross: Gets $1.5 million from Nationals
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ross agreed to a one-year, $1.5 million deal with the Nationals, avoiding arbitration, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.

He opted out of the 2020 season, so his arm should be as fresh as ever when he reports to spring training. Ross is a bit of a forgotten man, but he should enter camp as a favorite to break camp in the rotation.

June 29, 2020 03:20 PM
Nationals' Joe Ross: Plans to sit out 2020 season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ross is expected to opt out of joining the Nationals for the 2020 season, sources tell Brittany Ghiroli of The Athletic.

Ross is the second known player who is expected to forgo playing in 2020 due to concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic after Diamondbacks pitcher Mike Leake announced his intentions earlier Monday. As a result, Ross will forgo his $1.5 million salary for 2020 before heading into his final year of salary arbitration in 2021. Ross had been a leading candidate for the fifth spot in the Nationals' rotation, but his decision to sit out the season could lead to more starting opportunities for Austin Voth and Erick Fedde.

March 26, 2020 12:04 PM
Nationals' Joe Ross: Still in hunt for rotation spot
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ross remains in the mix to win the No. 5 starter role when the regular season finally begins.

The right-hander was considered the favorite coming into camp due to having more big-league experience, and Ross didn't hurt his chances by posting a 2.45 ERA and 1.09 WHIP through 7.1 innings before MLB was put on pause. His 3:4 K:BB was a little shaky, although three of the walks came in one outing, and his main competition also pitched well -- Austin Voth put together a 1.29 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 6:1 K:BB through seven innings, and Erick Fedde had a 2.45 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 7:4 K:BB in 7.1 frames. If the regular-season schedule ends up featuring fewer off days and more doubleheaders, however, all three pitchers could end up seeing significant workloads for the Nats, either in the rotation or in long relief.

March 9, 2020 12:28 AM
Nationals' Joe Ross: Trouble finding plate Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ross gave up two runs on three hits and three walks over 2.1 innings while striking out one in Saturday's split-squad game against the Marlins.

The right-hander walked Jesus Aguilar and Isan Diaz on eight straight balls in the first inning but was able to escape the jam. Ross then walked Jonathan Villar to kick off the third and start a two-run Marlins rally that chased him from the game after 57 pitches (37 strikes). Ross was touching the mid-90s with his fastball in the outing, per Jessica Camerato of, and felt he was able to make a mechanical adjustment after the first frame. The 26-year-old has a solid 2.45 ERA and 1.09 WHIP through 7.1 spring innings, but his 3:4 K:BB is a little worrisome. With Austin Voth (1.29 ERA, 6:1 K:BB through seven IP) and Erick Fedde (4.50 ERA, 4:2 K:BB through four IP) also delivering solid performances so far, the battle for the No. 5 spot in the Nats' rotation remains undecided.

March 4, 2020 12:56 PM
Nationals' Joe Ross: Leader in battle for No. 5 spot
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ross has had a strong start to spring training, posting a 0.00 ERA and allowing only two baserunners in five innings over his first two outings.

The right-hander's 2:1 K:BB so far isn't dominant, but Ross is looking good and getting stretched out. As long as he doesn't have any major stumbles in camp, the 26-year-old should begin the regular season as the Nats' No. 5 starter, although neither Austin Voth nor Erick Fedde have pitched themselves out of the competition for the job yet.

February 23, 2020 11:32 AM
Nationals' Joe Ross: Spring debut delayed
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ross had his first game action of the spring rained out Saturday, Jessica Camerato of reports.

The right-hander was expected to follow Max Scherzer on the mound against the Astros, but the game was called after only two innings. Ross is competing for the No. 5 starter role with the Nats, but he hasn't thrown more than 73.2 innings or posted a big-league ERA below 5.00 since 2016, so he has a lot to prove this spring -- both to the coaching staff, and to fantasy GMs.

January 10, 2020 07:24 PM
Nationals' Joe Ross: Gets $1.5 million from Nationals
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ross agreed to a one-year, $1.5 million deal with the Nationals on Friday, avoiding arbitration, freelance baseball writer Robert Murray reports.

This was his second of three years as an arbitration-eligible player. Ross will enter camp as the slight favorite to beat out Austin Voth for the fifth starter's spot.

October 28, 2019 11:36 AM
Nationals' Joe Ross: Tabbed to start Game 5
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ross will start Game 5 of the World Series against the Astros on Sunday, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.

Max Scherzer was set up to start Sunday since taking the mound in Game 1, but a flareup of back and neck spasms will prevent him from starting the game. Ross had a 5.48 ERA and 1.67 WHIP over 64 innings for the Nationals this season, but he looked much better after rejoining the starting rotation in August with a 2.75 ERA across his last eight starts.

October 22, 2019 01:12 PM
Nationals' Joe Ross: Makes World Series roster
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ross is on the roster for the World Series against the Astros.

The 26-year-old was excluded from the roster for the Nationals' previous postseason series, but will now be available as a middle reliever out of the bullpen as Austin Voth and Roenis Elias were left off the roster. Ross recorded a career-worst 5.48 ERA and 1.67 WHIP during the regular season.

September 30, 2019 12:04 AM
Nationals' Joe Ross: Strikes out eight in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ross (4-4) gave up just one run on four hits and two walks as he struck out eight hitters en route to earning his fourth win of the season as the Nationals beat the Indians on Sunday.

Sunday was one of Ross's best outings of the season as it was just his third quality start since earning his first start of the season in late July. The right-hander lowered his ERA to a 5.48 and should be expected to resort back to the bullpen as the Nationals figure to ride with a rotation of Max Scherzer, Patrick Corbin, Stephen Strasburg and Anibal Sanchez in the playoffs should they beat the Brewers in the wild card game Tuesday night in D.C.

September 24, 2019 04:24 PM
Nationals' Joe Ross: Strikes out four in no-decision
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ross pitched four innings and did not factor into the decision in Tuesday's 4-1 win over the Phillies in the first game of a doubleheader. He allowed one run on five hits and two walks while striking out four.

Ross was making his first start in three weeks, as he's been out with forearm soreness. The 26-year-old was not expected to pitch deep into the game, and loaded the bases in the first inning on a walk and two singles. However, Philadelphia only scored one run on a Jean Segura single and Ross steadied and threw three shutout frames before departing after 64 pitches. Ross has posted a 5.90 ERA and 1.74 WHIP with a 49:31 K:BB and is not scheduled for another start during the regular season.

September 23, 2019 04:44 PM
Nationals' Joe Ross: Starting Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ross (forearm) will start the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Phillies, Byron Kerr of MASN Sports reports.

The outing will be Ross' first in three weeks, as he's been out with forearm soreness for most of the month. That may mean he's not able to pitch deep into the contest, but Erick Fedde and Jeremy Hellickson will be available to provide length out of the bullpen if necessary.

September 14, 2019 01:52 PM
Nationals' Joe Ross: Could throw bullpen next week
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ross (forearm) could throw a bullpen session next week, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.

He threw long toss Friday and will continue to progress, although at this point he is running out of time to return before the end of the regular season. Even if Ross makes it back this month, he wouldn't be stretched out to the point that he could work as a traditional starter.

September 6, 2019 05:20 PM
Nationals' Joe Ross: Out with forearm soreness
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ross will not start Saturday's game against the Braves after feeling forearm pain during a recent bullpen session, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.

The next time the Nationals need a fifth starter will be Sept. 14, and it is unclear if Ross will be ready to take the ball in that contest, which is also against Atlanta. Austin Voth will start Saturday's game and Erick Fedde could also be an option to slot into the fifth starter's spot next week if Ross is not ready to return.

September 2, 2019 05:40 PM
Nationals' Joe Ross: Chased early by Mets
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ross (3-4) took the loss Monday as the Nationals fell 7-3 to the Mets, coughing up seven runs on eight hits and three walks over 3.2 innings while striking out four.

The right-hander hadn't pitched in nine days, but the extra rest didn't help Ross at all. It was a disappointing performance coming on the heels of a 1.05 ERA in August, but his 16:13 K:BB through 25.2 innings on the month always suggested he'd been more lucky than good. There may also be an injury concern at play -- Ross was sitting comfortably at 96 mph with his power sinker in the first inning Monday, but by the time Jeff McNeil took him deep in the fourth, his two-seam fastball velocity had fallen to the 92-93 mph range. If he stays on turn, Ross would next take the mound Saturday in Atlanta.

September 2, 2019 09:40 AM
Nationals' Joe Ross: Starting Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ross is slated to start Monday's series opener against the Mets.

Ross had initially been lined up to start in the Nationals' series with the Marlins over the weekend, but manager Dave Martinez used Thursday's off day to reshuffle the rotation, resulting in the righty's turn getting pushed back. He'll now line up for a two-start week, with his second outing scheduled to come Saturday in Atlanta.

August 29, 2019 04:56 PM
Nationals' Joe Ross: Pushed back in pitching schedule
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ross isn't expected to make his next start until either Monday or Tuesday versus the Mets, Brittany Ghiroli of The Athletic reports.

After his most recent start came Aug. 24 versus the Cubs, Ross had been lined up to take the hill for one of the Nationals' three home games against Miami this weekend. Manager Dave Martinez instead elected to take advantage of Thursday's off day to reorder the rotation, as Patrick Corbin will leapfrog Ross in the pitching schedule and pick up a two-start week as a result. It's a disappointing development for Ross, who now draws a much tougher assignment in the Mets for his next turn.

August 24, 2019 11:08 PM
Nationals' Joe Ross: Fails to complete five innings
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ross lasted just 4.1 innings and did not factor into the decision in Saturday's 7-2 win over the Cubs. He allowed two runs on six hits and four walks while striking out three.

After four innings, it looked like Ross was on his way to his fourth victory, as he was staked to a 5-1 lead and had given up just three hits. However, he gave up another run on two hits in the fifth and was removed after 88 pitches. Ross will carry a 5.36 ERA and 1.65 WHIP with a 41:26 K:BB into his next start, scheduled for Saturday at home against the Marlins.

August 23, 2019 03:32 PM
Nationals' Joe Ross: Ready to start Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ross (leg) is expected to start Saturday against the Cubs as scheduled, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.

Ross took a comebacker off his right leg in Monday's outing, but X-rays came back negative and the Nationals kept him tentatively scheduled for Saturday provided he came out of Thursday's bullpen session feeling fine. Ross will look to maintain his recent strong form, as he has a 0.42 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 13:9 K:BB in his last four starts (21.1 innings).

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