The Washington Nationals’ starting rotation has been dealt a serious blow. Manager Dusty Baker confirmed right-hander Joe Ross will undergo Tommy John surgery Wednesday in Texas effectively ending his season, and sending the 24-year old into a long road of recovery.
General manager Mike Rizzo relayed Ross has full thickness tear of the Ulnar Collateral Ligament. A timetable will be determined after surgery.
Additionally, Ross had to be shut down in high school due to elbow trouble, according to Baker.
Ross lost velocity on his pitches, dipping into the mid-80s in his latest start back on July 9. He lasted just 3 1/3 innings, giving up three earned runs, including a home run.
The Nationals were preparing for the worst, as Baker explained on Friday as the team resumed the second half of the season. That worst has come to fruition. Ross had struggled through the season. He made five starts this season for Washington, compiling a 5.01 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP. He had allowed 16 home runs in 73 innings.
Now the Nationals are forced to regroup to plug in a hole at the fifth starter in the rotation.