If you were watching the dugout during today's game, you might have noticed a curious absence. Tyson Ross was nowhere to be found after his win last night. That's because his little brother Joe made his big league debut with the Nationals today. Tyson caught an early flight to Washington, where Joe Ross got the start against the Cubs.
Tyson Ross flew to DC early today to watch brother, Joe, pitch for the Nats. Will return tonight. Could actually be back by game's end.— Corey Brock (@FollowThePadres) June 6, 2015
Joe was a first round draft pick (25th overall) by the Padres in 2011, and Tyson joined him in the Padres system when the A's traded him for Andy Parrino and Andrew Werner. Joe spent most of last year with the High A Lake Elsinore Storm before making four appearances with the AA San Antonio Missions. He was sent to DC this offseason as part of the three-team deal that brought Wil Myers to San Diego. He took the loss in today's game after giving up three earned runs on six hits in five innings, but not before picking up his first four big league strikeouts.