Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Robbie Ross Jr. was placed on the 10-day disabled list with left elbow inflammation, news coming just days after Ross was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket citing diminished fastball velocity.
According to Dr. Jesse Morse, expect Ross to be out for at least a couple weeks. Ross is expected to be treated with anti-inflammatories, rehabilitation and rest, may need an MRI to determine the severity of the injury depending on how he responds to the other treatments.
After strong 2015 and 2016 seasons out of the Red Sox bullpen as primarily a left-handed specialist, Ross has not been able to replicate the same success this season. The 27-year old has bounced back and forth between Boston and Pawtucket, and his four-seamer has dropped more than two miles per hour in 2017. As a result, Ross has lasted only nine innings in eight appearances, is sporting a 7.00 earned run average and has not made a professional appearance in more than two weeks.
Boston has been able to absorb Ross’ ailments this season due to the emergence of left-hander Robby Scott, who is boasting a 1.50 earned run average in 21 appearances this season. However, neither Ross’ injury nor the play of Scott should warrant much thought on the waiver-wire