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Top Joe Ross News

  • Brewers' Joe Ross: Gets MLB deal from Brewers

    Ross signed a one-year, major-league contract with the Brewers on Monday, Robert Murray of FanSided.com reports.

    Ross has thrown a combined 17 innings over the last two seasons -- none of them at the major-league level -- following a second Tommy John surgery. However, that hasn't stopped the Brewers from handing the right-hander a major-league deal in hopes that he's healthy and ready to contribute in 2024. Ross, 30, holds a career 4.26 ERA and 403:141 K:BB over 443.1 innings at the big-league level.

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  • Giants' Joe Ross: Signs NRI deal with San Francisco

    Ross (elbow) agreed Monday with the Giants on a minor-league contract and received an invitation to MLB spring training, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

    Ross underwent Tommy John surgery last May for the second time in his career and will likely miss the start of the 2023 season while recovering from the procedure. The 29-year-old made 20 appearances (19 starts) for the Nationals in 2021 while posting a 4.17 ERA and 109:34 K:BB in 108 innings. Ross could be a rotation option for the Giants in the second half of the season if he responds well to his rehab program, but he can safely be ignored in even the deepest of fantasy leagues until he reaches the point where he's pitching in minor-league games.

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  • Nationals' Joe Ross: Set for Tommy John surgery

    Ross (elbow) has elected to undergo Tommy John surgery, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.

    The 29-year-old exited his first rehab start last week with elbow soreness, and a subsequent MRI revealed a worse sprain than he dealt with previously, resulting in the decision to undergo Tommy John surgery. Ross underwent surgery for a partially torn UCL last summer and also had a bone spur removed from the area in March, but he'll now be sidelined until at least the second half of the 2023 campaign. It will be the second time the right-hander has required the Tommy John procedure in his career, with the previous surgery occurring in June 2017.

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  • Nationals' Joe Ross: Elbow injury worsens

    Ross said Wednesday's MRI revealed "more of a sprain" in his right elbow than previous imaging, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports.

    The 28-year-old exited his first rehab start Tuesday due to soreness in his right elbow, and it appears the injury is worse than the one which prompted surgery last year. Ross was dealing with partially torn UCL at that point, and he also had a bone spur removed from the elbow in March. The right-hander has more tests scheduled for Friday, which could determine whether or not he'll require another procedure.

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  • Nationals' Joe Ross: Exits rehab start with sore elbow

    Ross was removed from Tuesday's rehab start at Double-A Harrisburg due to right elbow soreness, Matt Weyrich of NBC Sports Washington reports.

    Ross was making his first rehab appearance Tuesday, but he was removed after three innings due to his elbow issue. The right-hander will undergo an MRI on Wednesday, but manager Dave Martinez called Ross' injury "concerning." Ross initially appeared to be on track to return to game action in early June, but it seems likely that his recovery timetable will be delayed following Tuesday's setback.

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  • Nationals' Joe Ross: On track for early June return

    Ross (elbow) is expected to need at least three rehab starts before rejoining the Nationals' rotation, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.

    The right-hander will begin his rehab stint at Double-A Harrisburg on Tuesday with a target workload of four innings and 60 pitches. Manager Dave Martinez indicated Sunday that the team wants Ross to comfortably be able to throw at least six innings and 90 pitches before being activated, and making three rehab starts would put the 29-year-old on track to make his season debut June 8 in Miami. Ross is coming off a 2021 campaign that showed a hint of promise thanks to a career-best 23.7 percent strikeout rate over 108 innings.

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  • Nationals' Joe Ross: Set for rehab assignment

    Ross (elbow) is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment Tuesday at Double-A Harrisburg, Jessica Camerato of MLB.com reports.

    The Nationals are targeting around four innings and 60 pitches Tuesday for Ross, who is making his 2022 debut in affiliated ball after he had been sidelined since undergoing surgery in early March to remove a bone spur from his right elbow. Washington will presumably want to see Ross build up his pitch count over at least two or three starts in the minors before integrating him in the rotation in the early portion of June.

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  • Nationals' Joe Ross: Ramps up to three innings

    Ross (elbow) threw 43 pitches over three innings during a simulated game Thursday, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.

    Ross threw two simulated innings last week and continues to get closer to heading out on a rehab assignment. He could join a minor-league affiliate for his next throwing session, as he's expected to throw 60 pitches over four innings. The right-hander isn't eligible to return from the injured list until early June but has made encouraging progress in his recovery.

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  • Nationals' Joe Ross: Tosses pair of simulated innings

    Ross (elbow) threw two simulated innings at the Nationals' extended spring training complex Friday, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports.

    Ross has been out since undergoing surgery to remove a bone spur from his right elbow in early March. He's taking steps in the right direction but still needs a few weeks to build up to a starter's workload.

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  • Nationals' Joe Ross: Increasing pitch count in sim game

    Nationals manager Dave Martinez said Sunday that Ross (elbow) will advance to a two-inning simulated game at the organization's spring training facility in Florida this week, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports.

    Ross and Stephen Strasburg (thoracic outlet syndrome surgery) both appear to be at the same stage in their respective recoveries from long-term injuries, as the two are scheduled to increase their pitch counts versus live hitters this week. Martinez said that he wants Ross to build up his workload beyond two innings before advancing to a minor-league rehab assignment, which is likely at least a week away.

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  • Nationals' Joe Ross: Facing live batters

    Ross (elbow) is scheduled to pitch against live hitters Wednesday, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports.

    Ross completed a 30-pitch bullpen session last week and will now progress to facing live batters, which is a significant step in his recovery. The 28-year-old isn't eligible to be activated from the 60-day injured list until early June, but he could begin a minor-league rehab assignment in the near future with a strong session Wednesday.

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  • Nationals' Joe Ross: Throws off mound Wednesday

    Ross (elbow) threw a bullpen session Wednesday, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports.

    Ross threw 30 pitches during a bullpen session Friday, but it's not yet clear how many pitches he threw during Wednesday's outing. However, the throwing session apparently went well since he's expected to face live hitters the next time he throws. The right-hander isn't eligible to return until at least early June, but he's made good progress recently.

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  • Nationals' Joe Ross: Tosses bullpen session

    Ross (elbow) threw a 30-pitch bullpen session Friday, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.

    Ross was expected to require six to eight weeks to recover after undergoing a procedure to remove a bone spur from his elbow in March, but he won't be eligible to return to major-league game action until at least early June since he's on the 60-day IL. While the right-hander still needs to work on building up, he appears to be trending in the right direction.

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  • Nationals' Joe Ross: Throwing off flat ground

    Manager Dave Martinez said Tuesday that Ross (elbow) has been throwing off a mound at the Nationals' spring training facility in West Palm Beach, Fla., Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports.

    Mark Zuckerman reported April 5 that Ross was throwing from 90 feet, so the right-hander's advancement to mound work two weeks later suggests that he's making decent progress in his rehab program. At the time he underwent the procedure in March to remove a bone spur from his elbow, Ross was projected to require a 6-to-8-week recovery timeline. Now more than five weeks removed from surgery and having yet to resume facing hitters, Ross looks like he'll need more than eight weeks to return to full health, a reality that his placement on the 60-day injured list prior to the season had already supported.

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  • Nationals' Joe Ross: Signs deal without arbiter

    Ross (elbow) and the Nationals avoided arbitration Tuesday, agreeing to terms on a one-year, $2.4 million deal, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.

    Ross gets a raise of just shy of $1 million after a strong 2021 season. He struck out a career-high 23.7 percent of opposing batters across a career-high 108 innings, helping him to a 4.17 ERA, his best mark since 2016. It's unclear what he'll be able to offer the Nationals this season, however, as he'll miss at least the first two months of the season after undergoing surgery to remove a bone spur from his right elbow.

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  • Nationals' Joe Ross: Shifts to 60-day IL

    Ross (elbow) was placed on the 60-day injured list Wednesday, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports.

    The 28-year-old is expected to be sidelined 6-to-8 weeks after undergoing surgery in early March to remove a bone spur from his right elbow, and he'll now be out for at least the first two months of the season. Paolo Espino should now compete for a rotation spot along with non-roster invitees Anibal Sanchez and Aaron Sanchez.

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  • Nationals' Joe Ross: Undergoes surgery, out 6-to-8 weeks

    Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said Sunday that Ross will be sidelined 6-to-8 weeks after undergoing surgery March 7 to remove a bone spur from his elbow, Matt Weyrich of NBC Sports Washington reports.

    Ross missed the final six weeks of the 2021 campaign due to a partial UCL tear in his right elbow, and he recently experienced a setback in his recovery, which prompted the surgery. The 28-year-old covered 108 frames in 20 games last season and had a 4.17 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 109:34 K:BB, so his absence to start the campaign will be a significant hit to Washington's rotation depth.

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  • Nationals' Joe Ross: Moves to 60-day IL

    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.

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  • Nationals' Joe Ross: Avoids surgery

    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.

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  • Nationals' Joe Ross: Heads to IL, could need Tommy John

    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.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-4, 220 lbs
Birthplace: Berkeley, CA
Age: 30
Experience: 6
Bats/Throws: R, R