Jul 20, 2015, 5:09 PM EDT
Rookie right-hander Joe Ross will start for the Nationals on Tuesday night against the New York Mets, manager Matt Williams announced before Monday’s game.
Ross will be called up from Triple-A Syracuse to pitch the game opposite of 2014 NL Rookie of the Year Jacob deGrom. Ross has made three MLB starts this season since making his debut on June 6 against the Chicago Cubs.
Through three starts Ross is 2-1 with a 2.66 ERA and 23 strike outs in 20 1/3 innings. He began the season with Double-A Harrisburg and held a 2.81 ERA in eight starts. Since leaving the Nationals he has made five starts for Syracuse and went 3-1 with a 2.19 ERA.
“He stepped in his first start and acted as if he’d been here before. And then, of course, his other two starts were even better,” Williams said. “We have a comfort level that he can come up here and do what he can do to help us win that particular game that he pitches. He’s been pitching very well and there is no indication that it would be otherwise when he gets back here.”
Ross is starting in the place of the injured Stephen Strasburg, who remains out with a strained left oblique. He was placed on the disabled list on July 5.
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