The Washington Nationals retroactively placed veteran pitcher Joe Ross on the 10-day disabled list due to inflammation in his pitching elbow, per reports from MLB.com.
Nationals announce Joe Ross to the 10-day injured list with right elbow inflammation.
Ryne Harper back up.
— Todd Dybas (@Todd_Dybas) July 8, 2021
Before sustaining the injury, Ross was dicing on the mound. In one of his previous starts, the veteran struck out 11 batters in over six innings. In five of his last six starts, his walks plus hits per inning are an astounding 0.95 with an earned run average of 2.31.
Doctors informed Ross that the swelling would subside over the All-Star break and Nationals Manager Dave Martinez indicated to the media that all signs point to the veteran missing at least one game.
Ross’ father, Dr. Willie Ross, out of Stanford hospital, traveled to Oracle Park to watch his sons’ team play over the weekend. While enjoying the game, he noticed a woman in the area that seemed to be searching for air. With the special training in E.R. and western medicines, Dr. Ross, in a fell swoop, jumped into action to check on the inarticulate woman.
The female fan had pieces of a hotdog lodged in her windpipe that was cutting off her circulation. Dr. Ross leaped into action and started performing the Heimlich. The maneuver dislodged multiple portions of the frankfurter, which drew applause from the fan and the audience sitting adjacent to the scene.
Father of National’s pitcher Joe Ross, who happened to be a doctor, performed the Heimlich Maneuver on a choking Giants fan today and saved her life.
⁰⁰EMTs and other ballpark staff checked on her shortly after. ⁰⁰
This is them talking after the incident. pic.twitter.com/XxSgqlKKkY
— Ryan McGeary (@RM_Geary) July 10, 2021
Dr. Ross told MLB.com, “I saw her having some difficulties, and I saw her companion helping her out. I was watching, making sure she was OK. She gestured like she was OK, and I went over just to check, and she couldn’t talk. She needed some help. I don’t think a lot of people knew what was going on because they were focused on the game.”
He went on to say, “I’ve seen a lot. In the grand scheme of things, this was low on the totem pole. She was thankful, she was grateful, but she was also a little embarrassed because she is a nurse. She’s used to giving, not receiving.”
Oddly enough, this was not the first time Dr. Ross saved a fellow fan, as he once saved another woman who suffered a stroke at Amateur Field in San Leandro.
The Black man of medicine makes a habit out of being in the right stadium at the right time.
Dr. Willie Ross says he attended to the recently retired nurse who had three pieces of hot dog lodged in her throat and she's doing well, was very thankful and a little embarrassed. Dr. Ross also once saved a woman who had a stroke at an amateur field in San Leandro. What a guy!!
— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) July 10, 2021
After things started getting back to normal, authorities and the medical staff associated with the stadium came to survey the elderly woman, but the crucial catch had already taken place. And unbeknownst to the people in charge,Dr. Ross’ superman cape was already stored away, and the retired nurse was able to enjoy the rest of the game.
Martinez, after the game, told the Associated Press that he did not notice what had taken place, but he gave high praise to Dr. Ross for taking action. He said, “Joe should be very proud of him.”