In a season where injuries seem to be piling up, the Washington Nationals have received some bad news on the latest injury update concerning right-handed pitcher Joe Ross. The 28-year-old starter was placed on the 10-day injured list on Thursday with right elbow inflammation.
Ross' placement will be retroactive to July 7, which means he'll be eligible to return to the Nationals lineup on Saturday, July 17 at home against the San Diego Padres.
Joe Ross Injury Update
The bad news doesn't stop there. Even though Ross is only on the 10-day IL, he could be out of the lineup for much longer than that. NBC Sports EDGE reported that elbow inflammation can usually take longer than 10 days to heal, so the Nationals righty might need more time to recover beyond next week's MLB All-Star break.
Ross, who opted out of the 2020 MLB season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, has made 16 starts so far in the 2021 campaign, pitching to a 5-8 record while recording a 4.02 ERA through 87.1 innings pitched. He's also limited opposing batters to just 7.9 H/9 IP and is averaging a career-high 9.4 SO/9 IP.
Getting Ross back from his injury as soon as possible would go a long way in helping the Nationals in their playoff hunt. With a 42-44 record, they currently sit 4.5 games back of the New York Mets for the top spot in the NL East. As it stands, the Nationals have +650 odds (second) to win their division and +5000 odds (14th) to go on a World Series championship run, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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