Ross may stick
Joe Ross, the 22-year-old rookie starter who jumped from Class AA Harrisburg to the majors, has been so impressive in his three starts — 2.66 ERA, 23 strikeouts, two walks and a lot of poise — that the Nationals may find a way to keep him on the team.
Williams said possibilities for Ross included going back to the minors to keep starting, returning later to the majors in the bullpen or staying in the majors as a reliever.
“Those are decisions that have to be made if Stephen’s back and ready to go,” Williams said before Saturday’s game. “We’ll have to make those tough decisions.
“I don’t look at it any other way than it’s a luxury for our team because he’s pitched really well and it’s another guy that can pitch really well for us. Unfortunately, we’re not going to go to a six-man rotation. That’s not gonna happen. So those decisions will have to be made at some point assuming Stephen is healthy and ready to go. We’ll have to make ’em.”
Ross may be better served staying on a regular starting schedule, but his arm has been a revelation this season. And the Nationals, fighting to win a division, can use as many good arms as they can find to win in the majors now.