Though he was slated to throw 45 pitches Thursday, Ross lasted just 28 before being removed from the game. He allowed two walks and threw a pair of wild pitches as well, according to Sanders. In fairness, Ross had not pitched since Opening Day, so the fact that he was rusty is not overly concerning. Ross is slated for at least one more rehab start before rejoining the Padres rotation, but another outing like Thursday's could mean a longer rehab assignment.
Thursday marked Koehler's first loss since July 16 -- a stretch of seven starts -- and ended a six-game streak of quality outings. On the bright side, Koehler's six strikeouts matched his second-highest total since late-June and gave him 31 K's over his last 36 innings. The righty will look to rebound when he takes the hill for his next start Tuesday against the Mets.
It was vintage Mad Max on display Thursday as he made one of the most potent offenses in baseball look like a little league team. Should the Nationals make it to the World Series, they have a lot to feel good about when it comes to their ace. In 31 innings against AL team, Scherzer has allowed just three earned runs, 16 hits and two walks while tallying 46 strikeouts (0.87 ERA and 0.58 WHIP). Overall, the right-hander with the best WHIP in the majors for a starting pitcher is on pace to break last season's career-high strikeout total of 276.
Campos recently came over to the Diamondbacks from the Yankees organization , where he had worked as a starter this season. He has a combined 3.26 ERA across three different levels this season, but he could assume a bullpen role with the big league club.
It the veteran's first mound work since landing on the DL in late July and all reports have been positive as he continues to progress through rehab. Chen piled up a 4.99 ERA and 1.30 WHIP in 110 innings pitched over 19 starts and would provide a solid boost to the Marlins rotation down the stretch if he's able to return.
Lopez looked to be trending towards remaining in the rotation heading into his most recent start, but he game up six runs (four earned) in just 2.2 innings of work in that outing. With that, the Nationals sent him back to Triple-A, but it may not be for a particularly long time. Given that rosters expand next week, Lopez could certainly rejoin the Nationals in the near future. Prior to his tough start Tuesday, he flashed serious potential, fanning 11 Braves batters over 7.0 innings to pick up his second career win.
Lopez's demotion opens a spot in the rotation for the Nationals, and given that Giolito only tossed one inning in his recent minor league start, he'll presumably be fresh and ready to start if called upon Sunday. While the Nationals have yet to make a formal announcement or a roster move regarding Giolito, he'll be a name to monitor throughout the weekend. Giolito notched a 4.91 ERA with a 1.91 WHIP across three starts (11.0 innings) with the big league club earlier this season.
The move was expected after he lasted just 2.2 innings in his last start, as the rookie is dealing with fatigue in his right shoulder. It's unclear if Whalen will be able to return this season, but with little to play for in the standings, Atlanta may elect to play it safely. Brandon Cunniff, Brandon Snyder, and Matt Wisler will all rejoin the major league roster in a series of corresponding moves Thursday.
Ross had what manager Dusty Baker described as another "very good" session, and the team is confident that the right-hander has made significant progress in the last handful of days. The next step is for Ross to head out on a rehab assignment, though the Nats have not yet revealed when/where that will take place.
Strasburg was apparently only lightly tossing the ball, but the activity is still a good sign that he may have avoided a serious elbow injury. The team is labeling the issue simply as elbow soreness at this point with no timetable for a recovery, but if he is able to continue ramping up the activity beyond Thursday's light session, it could potentially be an indication that the ace might be able to rejoin the rotation without missing much time. A.J. Cole, who is slated to make his second start of the season Saturday, figures to continue filling in for Strasburg in the meantime.