Back in action: Ross sent on first rehab assignment since surgery

Josh Luckenbaugh
August 07, 2018 - 7:42 am
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While the Nationals had the day off on Monday, one player was in action for the first time in over a year: starting pitcher Joe Ross.

The Nats sent Ross to the Gulf Coast League Nationals on his first rehab assignment since undergoing Tommy John surgery last July. The right-hander struck out five in a scoreless, hitless three-inning start against the GCL Astros. 

Before Monday, Ross hadn't pitched in a competitive game since July 9 of last year. The Nats originally placed Ross on the 10-day disabled list with a right elbow strain, but soon discovered he had a torn right ulnar collateral ligament.

Ross underwent a successful Tommy John surgery on July 19, 2017, and is only just now returning to action. He still has a long way to go to get major league ready, but Ross has said he wants to return to the Nats before the end of the season. 

"Wherever I can fit in, especially in September hopefully with extended rosters, as long as I can hopefully get out there and throw some innings, I’ll be happy," Ross told The Washington Post's Chelsea Janes in July. "That’s really what I’m working toward."

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