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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
If Ross (leg) can throw a bullpen session Thursday, he will make Saturday's start against the Cubs, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.
Erick Fedde will continue to prepare to start Saturday in case the Nationals determine Thursday that Ross won't be able to make that start.
Ross (leg) was walking with a slight limp Tuesday but is still tentatively scheduled to make his next start Saturday against the Cubs, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.
His right leg, which was hit by a comebacker in Monday's start, was still bandaged. Erick Fedde, who will lose his rotation spot to Max Scherzer (back), has been told to prepare in case Ross can't make that start.
X-rays on Ross' right leg returned negative after he was removed from Monday's game against Pittsburgh, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.
Ross was struck by a comebacker on his right leg, and after talking with the team trainer, he was forced to leave the game. "I wish I could've stayed in the game, but it wasn't looking very likely," stated Ross. "He asked if I wanted to throw, I told him it was getting tight. So I didn't think it was going to be for the best." It's unclear if the right-hander will be ready to make his next start, so his status will be worth monitoring over the next few days.
Ross left Monday's game against the Pirates after taking a comebacker off his right leg, Dan Kolko of MASN Sports reports. He allowed three hits and struck out two over 3.1 scoreless innings prior to exiting.
Ross didn't appear to be limping after the play, though with an 11-0 lead, the Nationals may have elected to exercise caution with the right-hander. He'll be considered day-to-day moving forward.
Ross (3-3) allowed one earned run on five hits and two walks while striking out three across 6.2 innings to earn the win Tuesday against the Reds.
Ross relied on 11 groundball outs to hold the Reds' offense in check. That covered up the fact that he was hardly dominant, whiffing just three batters on the strength of eight swinging strikes across 92 total pitches. Still, he's turned in three consecutive strong outings, allowing just one earned run in 18 innings. In that same span, he's recorded only a 11:9 K:BB, suggesting he may be pitching over his head. Nevertheless, he's in line to draw a positive matchup in his next projected start Monday at Pittsburgh.
Ross (2-3) picked up the win Wednesday, allowing three hits and two walks over six scoreless innings while striking out five in a 4-1 victory over the Giants.
The right-hander may be solidifying the fifth starter spot for the Nats. Over two starts in August, Ross has given up only one run in 11.1 innings, although his 8:7 K:BB isn't exactly dominant. He'll look to keep his current run going in his next outing Tuesday, at home against the Reds.
Ross (1-3) earned the win Friday after holding the Diamondbacks scoreless over 5.1 innings. He allowed five walks and a hit while striking out three.
Although his control was shaky, Ross turned in a nice bounce-back performance, combining with the bullpen to shut Arizona out in a 3-0 win. The right-hander has pitched mostly in relief this season, aside from a start against the Braves on July 21. In his last outing, Ross worked behind the opener, tossing 4.2 innings while giving up seven runs (six earned). The 26-year-old has the potential to make an impact on Washington's rotation if he can continue to improve his efficiency. Over 20 appearances this season, Ross owns an 8.10 ERA, 1.93 WHIP and 28:18 K:BB. He'll make his next start Wednesday at San Francisco.
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