WASHINGTON — Joe Ross was moved from the 15-day Disabled List to the 60-day DL, but it’s a technicality more than anything.
As MASN’s Mark Zuckerman points out, Ross has been on the DL since July 3 — exactly two months as of Saturday — and is therefore still eligible to return to the lineup. But the move opens up another roster spot for the team.
Despite the rosters expanding two days ago, teams could always use additional roster spots. By making the move, Washington frees up one more spot while not actually affecting anything concerning Ross making his return.
Ross had been strong with the Nationals in the first half of the season, racking up a 7-4 record over 95.1 innings with a 3.49 ERA and a 1.259 WHIP. He made his MLB debut a season ago, going 5-5 over 76.2 innings with a 3.64 ERA and a 1.109 WHIP.
It is still unknown when Ross will rejoin the big-league team, but he has begun making rehab starts. He most recently threw 31 pitches for the Potomac Nationals on Wednesday.
To open up yet another roster spot, Washington also designated outfielder Matt den Dekker for assignment.