Nationals recall RHP Cole from Syracuse, option Ross

WASHINGTON (AP) The Washington Nationals have recalled right-hander A.J. Cole from Triple-A Syracuse and optioned righty Joe Ross.

Cole begins his stay with the Nationals on Tuesday by serving the final three games of a five-game suspension he received last season. Cole was ejected from a game at Pittsburgh on Sept. 25 and served two games of that suspension for throwing a pitch near the head of Pirates third baseman Jung Ho Kang.

The 25-year-old Cole was 1-1 with a 6.63 ERA in four starts with Syracuse. He is 1-2 with a 5.29 ERA in 11 career big league games.

Ross started three games with the Nationals this season, going 1-0 with a 7.47 ERA.

He missed a large portion of the 2016 season with shoulder trouble and began this season in the minors before his recall.


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