Joe Ross to undergo Tommy John surgery again ahead of free agency

Ross to go through Tommy John once again ahead of totally free firm initially appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Nationals starter Joe Ross will go through a 2nd Tommy John surgical treatment on his best UCL after experiencing tightness in his elbow throughout a rehabilitation start May 24, supervisor Davey Martinez revealed in his pregame interview Tuesday.

“Joe opted to have surgery,” Martinez stated, as aired on MASN. “No date yet but he wants to get it repaired and fixed. After the surgery, it’s just a whole lot of healing and strengthening, getting him ready to get on the mound again as soon as possible.”

Ross, 29, hasn’t tossed a pitch for Washington this season. He published a 4.17 age over 20 looks (19 starts) in 2015 up until a partly torn UCL ended his project in August. The right-hander chose to rehab the injury instead of return under the knife, however a bone spur in his elbow eventually required him to have surgical treatment this spring anyhow. He was making his very first rehabilitation start with Double-A Harrisburg when the discomfort returned.

It’s specifically bad timing for Ross, who now will end up being a complimentary representative this offseason while in the middle of his rehabilitation. Martinez informed press reporters he intends to have the right-hander back next year.

“I’ve talked to him already about what his plans are after the surgery,” Martinez stated. “I told him, I said, ‘I’d love to have you here, close.’ He’s got a guy in Dallas that he works with religiously but I said, ‘I would love for you to come down here and be with the guys and get some work in in here so we can keep eyes on you.’ But we feel like he’s a National. Right now, he still is a National so we’re gonna keep it that way.”

The very first time Ross had Tommy John surgical treatment was 2017. He made his last start July 9 of that season and didn’t appear in another MLB video game up until Sept. 13 the list below year. Ross then rotated in between the bullpen and rotation in 2019 however left his mark on the Nationals’ champion season by making an area start for Max Scherzer in Game 5 of the World Series.

Ross is supposedly making $2.4 million this season in what was his last year of arbitration. If he does go back to the Nationals in 2023, he might need to opt for a minor-league agreement.

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