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Joe Ross moved to Nationals’ bullpen to finish out impressive rookie season

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Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com has the news:

Joe Ross won’t start another game for the Nationals this season, but he’ll still get opportunities to pitch out of the bullpen over the next four weeks while Tanner Roark takes his spot in the rotation.

Ross lasted just 4 1/3 innings Sunday against the Braves and 2 2/3 innings last Tuesday against the Cardinals. The 22-year-old is well above his previous career high in innings pitched and showing definite signs of fatigue, so the Nats pretty much have to lighten his workload despite their desperate position in the National League East.

And maybe Roark gives them a better shot at this point.

Ross registered a 3.79 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, and 68/20 K/BB ratio over his first 73 2/3 major league innings (13 starts) this season for Washington. He has a rotation spot locked up for 2016.

Video: Kirk Nieuwenhuis hits pinch-hit home run as Mets rally to beat Nationals


Tuesday night started off terribly for the Mets, with Matt Harvey carrying the haze of his ongoing public innings-limit controversy into what became one of the worst starts of his major league career.

But a game-tying six-run rally by the Mets offense in the top of the seventh inning set the scene for this terrific, improbable moment from pinch-hitter Kirk Nieuwenhuis in the top of the eighth inning …

New York held on to that 8-7 lead and now boasts a six-game advantage over Washington in the National League East standings. There’s going to be a big Natitude check this winter in D.C.

Jurickson Profar shut down for the season


Rangers middle infield prospect Jurickson Profar has been making steady progress from his February shoulder surgery, even playing in some minor league rehab games with Double-A Frisco over the past week, but he is not going to appear in a game at the major league level in 2015.

Jeff Wilson of the Forth Worth Star-Telegram says Profar has been pulled off his rehab assignment and will finish out the year at the Rangers’ spring training complex in Arizona. He could play in some instructional league games and the 22-year-old might be able to join an Arizona Fall League roster if everything continues to go smoothly.

Profar was the consensus No. 1 prospect in baseball prior to the 2013 season, but he batted just .234/.308/.336 in 85 games that season for Texas and didn’t make an appearance at any level in 2014 after suffering his first major shoulder injury in spring training.

The future is cloudy for Profar, but he should be 100 percent heading into 2016.