Elbow injuries are the kiss of death for MLB pitchers.
Players hit the DL with elbow soreness or tenderness and then suddenly it turns out that the whole season is lost. Every year, scores of pitchers miss time due to the amount of stress they put on their elbows when they pitch.
Washington Nationals pitcher Joe Ross hit the DL today with an undisclosed injury related to the dreaded "elbow tenderness" and yes, of course it appears it may be far worse than that.
Joe Ross said he'd never dealt with elbow trouble before. Waiting on exam results but Dusty said they're preparing for the worst.— Jorge Castillo (@jorgeccastillo) July 14, 2017
The worst being elbow surgery.
This news comes the same day as the story dropped that New York Yankees starter Michael Pineda will require Tommy John surgery.
Ross was not having his best season, posting a 5.01 ERA in 13 starts with a 1.47 WHIP, both career worsts. Perhaps his elbow has been affecting him throughout the season.
We won't know officially until the MRI comes back and the Nationals make an announcement, but at the moment it looks like the Nationals will be without Joe Ross for quite some time.