Ross may stick

The Washington Post Sunday - - SPORTS -

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.

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