Today’s District Daily features stories on Joe Ross‘s injury status and what general manager Mike Rizzo thinks of the Washington Nationals’ hot start in 2016.
Good evening DoD readers, and welcome to today’s District Daily. Get caught up on the latest Nats news and opinions with some great Washington Nationals articles from around the web below.
In today’s Daily, MLB.com’s Jamal Collier discusses the Nationals’ plans for starter Joe Ross, who was forced to leave his last start early due to a blister on his right middle finger. As Collier notes, the Nationals have a plan in place if Ross isn’t able to make his next start.
Ross is set to take the mound for his fourth start of the season on Tuesday, but it’s still uncertain if the blister will allow him to play that day. As Collier writes, if Ross is unable to start, the Nationals will skip him in the rotation. If that were to happen, Scherzer would get the start on Tuesday.
Here’s what Baker had to say about Ross’ blister, via collier’s article:
"“It looks ugly,” Baker said. “And I don’t know if he can throw a full game like that.”"
Despite having to leave his last start early, Ross is off to a great start on the mound in 2016. The right-hander is 2-0 with an 0.54 ERA in 16 2/3 innings this season.
Also in today’s Daily, Collier discusses how general manager Mike Rizzo feels good about the team’s hot start to the 2016 season.
Be sure to check out both articles below, they’re definitely worth a read. And as always, stay tuned to DoD for all your Washington Nationals needs.
Nats to skip Ross if he can’t start Tuesday
WASHINGTON — The Nationals are still unsure if right-hander Joe Ross will make his next start, tentatively scheduled for Tuesday night against the Marlins, after a blister on his right middle finger prematurely ended his last start.
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Washington has an off-day Monday, so if Ross is unable to pitch the Nationals would be able to skip him in the rotation and still have all of their starters on regular rest. That would put Max Scherzer in line to start Tuesday night. Read full article here.
Rizzo likes early energy, feel to 2016 Nats
WASHINGTON — The Nationals have won 12 of their first 16 games this season — matching their best start in franchise history — thanks to a torrid beginning from the reigning National League MVP and some strong starting pitching.
After taking down the Twins, 8-4, on Friday night, Washington owns a run differential of +31, which has impressed Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo.
“I’m happy with the start, I like the energy,” Rizzo said. “I like the energy of the team and the feeling, the vibe, of the clubhouse.” Read full article here.