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Ramos makes instant impact in return

May 7, 2014, 8:03 PM EST

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Returning to the Nationals after a five-week absence from a broken hamate bone he suffered on Opening Day, Wilson Ramos didn’t wait long to remind the team of his impact.

At the plate against his former battery mate, Dan Haren, in the first inning, Ramos smoked the first pitch he saw off the wall in left-center field for a standup double. One pitch and Ramos was back making a difference in the Nationals’ lineup.

“It didn’t take him long, did it? He pounded that ball,” Adam LaRoche said. “Great to have him back and more importantly to have him healthy. He said he felt great in his rehab starts. And knock on wood, hopefully we can keep him out there and put an end to these injuries.”

Ramos said he wasn’t nervous at all to take the field in his first MLB game in over a month.

“That’s not the first time I came back from the DL. I was very excited today, I was waiting for this moment for like five weeks. I’m happy to be here, I’m happy to be back on the team.”

Ramos noted his familiarity with Haren, and how that may have helped him be more aggressive from the start.

“I was looking for something in the zone, something around the zone. He threw me the pitch right down the middle and I swung at it. I know Haren, I know how he likes to pitch. I was waiting for one pitch in the zone and he threw it to me and I hit it hard.”

Ramos also drove in the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning. With the game tied at two, Ramos walked up to the plate with the bases loaded and one out. He got a standing ovation from the crowd before poking a fly ball to right field. Span was safe despite a decent chance for Yasiel Puig to make the throw at the plate.

“I was waiting for something in the zone, he threw it to me. I try to do my job every time I am at the plate, and that’s what I did. I was looking for something to try and hit the ball to the outfield and he threw fastball out, and that’s the best pitch to try and hit to the outfield. I am excited because I like to help the team to win games.”

Ramos was cheered loudly during pregame introductions and each time he took the plate during Wednesday’s 3-2 win. Afterwards he spoke glowingly about their support for them not only this season, but in the past as he has dealt with numerous injuries and stints on the disabled list.

“That made me excited because all the fans give good support to me this season, last season and 2012 too. Every time I come out there the fans clap hands, every time I go out I am excited. That’s the reason every time I go out there and they say, ‘hey can you sign the ball for me?’ Why not? I do it and I like to give to the fans.”

Ramos finished the day 1-for-2 with a double, an RBI and a walk. He also caught a full nine innings and says his left hand held up fine.

“It’s good, it’s just a little bit sore like the doctor said, that it would be sore for a while. But it’s not bad, it’s not bad. I can go out there and play. I want to keep doing that.”

  1. David Proctor - May 7, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    Mike Minor is getting smacked around by the Cardinals and the Cards have Waino on the mound.

    • Eric - May 7, 2014 at 8:39 PM

      It’s a pleasure listening to this game so far.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 7, 2014 at 8:40 PM

        I’m watching it. The Cardinals are doing it all tonight.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 7, 2014 at 8:41 PM

        6-1. Bye bye Minor. ERA over 7

      • Eric - May 7, 2014 at 8:41 PM

        The goodness keeps coming! Minor’s toast. Woo!

    • Brookstoor - May 7, 2014 at 8:41 PM

      I’m watching that one too. The best part about the 2 out 2 RBI single last inning was hearing all the cheers.

  2. Eric - May 7, 2014 at 8:39 PM

    Welcome back, Wilson!

    Mark, I’d be *very* curious to know how it came to pass that Phish’s Wilson is on Ramos’ radar, let alone being used as his walk up music. Any insight you can glean would be very much appreciated.

    • Eric - May 7, 2014 at 8:41 PM

      Er, Chase, sorry about that… But I’d appreciate it from any of the NatsInsider writers.

    • bowdenball - May 8, 2014 at 8:53 AM

      Seconded. I did a quick double-take when it came on, seems like something that would be miles from Ramos’ radar. Sounded like a few people in the crowd immediately knew what to do.

      • jackvonhayek - May 12, 2014 at 9:40 AM

        And I was one of the people. I was in the PNC Diamond Club seats — I’m sure he heard me.

    • jackvonhayek - May 12, 2014 at 8:18 AM

      I can’t claim responsibility, but I will tell you that I sent Ramos a tweet in July suggesting the song to him with a link to an MP3 of “Wilson.”

  3. Ghost of Steve M. - May 7, 2014 at 8:43 PM

    Buffalo Wil not only made an immediate impact with his bat, he has that calming influence over Strasburg and they are sympatico on game planning.

    • Brookstoor - May 7, 2014 at 8:48 PM

      That calming presence extends to me on my couch and I bet to his other team mates in the dug out, too. Ramos is confident and wants to display his skills. He’s waiting for his chance to get noticed on the national stage. I hope he can put something extraordinary together this year.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 7, 2014 at 8:54 PM

        Can you imagine the apprenticeship Ramos got from Mauer and then from Pudge Rodrgiuez.

        These pitchers are lucky to have him. His game planning, game calling, framing, are exceptional.

        This pitching staff may really start showing marked improvement due to the intangibles.

      • knoxvillenat - May 7, 2014 at 9:02 PM

        Knocks on wood as he says ” just keep the Buffalo healthy and on the field!”

  4. ArVAFan - May 7, 2014 at 8:50 PM

    That’s a really interesting insight about taking pitches from a former battery mate. If I’m Haren, I would be thinking “darn, what can I throw him that he hasn’t already seen, up close and personal?” And if I’m Ramos, I’m thinking “okay, he usually throws X pitch in this situation.” Today, advantage Ramos.

    • Eric - May 7, 2014 at 8:55 PM

      Yeah, and he can probably ID the spin pretty well, and is used to tracking his pitches through their breaks with his glove.

  5. Ghost of Steve M. - May 7, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    Cliff Lee getting clubbed by the Blue Jays.

  6. Hiram Hover - May 7, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    Welcome back, Wilson!

  7. Whynat - May 7, 2014 at 9:21 PM

    Been meaning to post this for a while re Danny. Within the past week on the radio pregame managers report. MW said that Danny was a bit banged up and he was overswinging in order to try to compensate and get more bat speed, and they need to get him back on track. So it seemed like they knew the root issue, but Danny was having trouble making the “right” adjustment.

    • Brookstoor - May 7, 2014 at 9:23 PM

      It’s always better when you can pin point the issue. I hope it’s something he can work on. His approach really seemed to be different this year and I want to see him contribute.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 7, 2014 at 9:39 PM

      That’s such crap and they always give him an excuse. Everyone is banged up. If they knew he was banged up serious enough, you sit him or bat him 8th. He seems to have RISP key situations every game and is choking.

      • senators5 - May 7, 2014 at 9:51 PM

        I admit I gave DE a favorable pass at the beginning of this season after applauding his burial in Cuse and beyond last year, but I have regained my senses realizing that for the first four weeks of this season few pitchers gave him a second thought. When he hit a few, attention refocused on him and 2013 has returned for him all too quickly.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 7, 2014 at 9:56 PM

        That’s certainly a valid theory and usually happens when you are hitting well.

      • Brookstoor - May 7, 2014 at 9:55 PM

        He and Desmond are not clutch with RISP in the least this year. Being banged up is a terrible excuse indeed. Look no further than Adam LaRoche.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 7, 2014 at 10:01 PM

        There’s a big divide between Espi and Desi with RISP.

        Espi is batting .067 and Desi is a at a very good .282 with RISP. Also keep in mind that Desi is 3rd on the team in RBIs.

        The problem with Desi is he has stunk in Low Lev situations.

  8. Ghost of Steve M. - May 7, 2014 at 9:37 PM

    Waino making the Atlanta offense look so pedestrian. 6-1 heading to the 9th.

    Toronto pounding Phoolies 10-0. Tony Gwynn Jr with a fielding play more embarassing than Hairston on a play in RF. Instant blooper.

    • Danny - May 7, 2014 at 9:40 PM

      Braves offense has looked pedestrian against everyone other than us this year.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 7, 2014 at 9:41 PM

        Sadly you are right.

      • Sonny G 10 - May 7, 2014 at 9:45 PM

        I really think that’s going to change.

  9. Ghost of Steve M. - May 7, 2014 at 9:44 PM

    7-1 Cardinals. Keep pouring it on!

    • ArVAFan - May 7, 2014 at 10:00 PM

      Final score 7-1 Cards. It was funny hearing the STL announcers saying “[pick your ATL fielder] didn’t really get a good read on that ball . . . ” practically every inning. And it made me appreciate Span all the more, since I can recall that happening to Span about once . . . and that was during spring training.

      Cards take two of three. I’m sure the ATL blogging fans are using bad language.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 7, 2014 at 10:04 PM

        I’m smiling! The fans were silent. No chopping for them!

  10. Ghost of Steve M. - May 7, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    Just heard a funny/uniformed story about the Junkies interview of Frandsen this morning. Lurch asks Frandsen what he did with his Spring before the Nats signed him at the end of March “Were you working out”.

    Frandsen pauses and says back as a question “I guess you don’t know what I was doing?”.

    Lurch “No”

    Frandsen “I was playing for the Phillies and they wanted to send me down so I became a Free Agent. I was playing baseball all along and was immediately picked up by the Nats and in Nats camp the next day”.

    Lurch “Oh”

    Here Frandsen plays for the home team and these guys did no research on him. None of the other guys chimed in. They basically trivialized what he endured. Couldn’t care less.

    These guys should just stick to the Redskins.

    • Brookstoor - May 7, 2014 at 9:57 PM

      The junkies should not be relied upon for any useful sports discussion at all in my opinion. For baseball talk I really only want to listen to people who only focus on baseball. There’s a lot to know and it takes some dedication. Those guys just have a morning chat show where they blab about sports about half the time and yeah it’s usually about football and basketball.

    • sunshinebobby - May 7, 2014 at 9:59 PM

      Very well put, Ghost. Usually those guys are pretty good with their analysis and commentary. But not knowing Frandsen’s back story is just embarrassing.

      I guess they were too busy researching the draft possibilities for Washington’s football team.

      Oh, wait. Never mind. That would be for teams that actually have draft picks.

      • dcwx61 - May 7, 2014 at 10:02 PM

        The town where football never ends

      • nats128 - May 7, 2014 at 10:18 PM

        Listen to the awkwardness. It starts at around the 6:20 mark if you dont to hear about wine coolers. I commend Frandsen for not making him seem any stupider after the awkwardness of not knowing about getting sent down by Philly. All they wanted to do was talk about Matt Williams getting rear-ended while talking with them on the phone.

      • nats128 - May 7, 2014 at 10:21 PM

        Listen towards the end of how Frandsen stood up for Matty when he benched Bryce. No doubt honesty in his answer.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 7, 2014 at 10:48 PM

        I like at the end of the segment the other guys pile on Lurch for getting dissed by Frandsen. I will say Frandsen is an excellent interview.

        They were prepped for some of their questions like about that Kershaw pitched last night and Haren was pitching today and where Frandsen grew up, etc.

  11. Ghost of Steve M. - May 7, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    Nats back in 1st Place in a tie with the Marlins.

    • scmargenau - May 7, 2014 at 11:53 PM

      How big does the sweep early on look now!!

  12. Danny - May 7, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    That Puig bat flip highlight is hilarious.

  13. David Proctor - May 7, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    The last line of Kilgore’s article is GOLD:

    Afterward, the Nationals packed for what’s next. Dressed in a suit and shades, Soriano walked out of the clubhouse. Pitching coach Steve McCatty walked past. “One-two-three inning,” McCatty said to him. “I love it!”

    Soriano blew him a kiss and said, “I know you’re happy.” They both laughed and walked toward the idling team bus, headed to Oakland with plenty of reasons to be happy.

    • dcwx61 - May 7, 2014 at 10:03 PM

      That’s swagger when you can handle LA and Puig

  14. dcwx61 - May 7, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    Impressive series as many have already said….Beating the dodgers should put some swagger in your step and getting Ramos back only gives everyone a lot more confidence.
    The dodgers have one of the best lineups I’ve seen in the NL. A murderers row with Ramirez, AGon, Puig
    and Kemp and we ran into a red hot Crawford.
    We can go far if we can handle the dodgers.

    And the Braves lose again….more concerned about the fish

    • Steady Eddie - May 7, 2014 at 10:30 PM

      Let’s see how the Fish do on their 11 game West Coast swing before concluding how real they are. They’ve been terrible on the road thus far and have 4 games at SD (good pitching in cavernous Petco Park), 3 at the Dodgers, and 4 at the Giants.

      THEN THEY HAVE 3 vs the Brewers at the end of a 6 game home stand, and here for 3 after the Memorial Day weekend.

      If they’re still in good shape (over .500) after all of that, then they’ll look a little more for real.

      • dcwx61 - May 7, 2014 at 10:41 PM

        very true but ‘ve decided to love the fish and stop worrying about the braves…
        Dr. StrangeGlove

        But you have to be pretty old to get that pun.

        Do you agree with the rest of my post ?

      • Steady Eddie - May 7, 2014 at 11:15 PM

        Absolutely. This series could be a real turning point — first series win over a 2013 playoff team, getting The buffalo back and then Fister to duel the As (who are on a little bit of a downturn, losing 2/3 to the RedSox and 3/4 to the Ms at home). Feeling much better about this road trip than before the Dodgers’ series.

        If we can get Zim back by the time of the Reds’ series, we could be getting the pieces back into place to go on a real run.

      • dcwx61 - May 8, 2014 at 9:09 AM


  15. dcwx61 - May 7, 2014 at 10:09 PM

    Speaking of Detwiller

    Another pitcher who could conceivably change hands at some point is Ross Detwiler of the Nationals, though that is purely my conjecture at present. The team decided to put him in a bullpen role despite a reasonably solid track record as a starter, emphasizing at the time that he could be an impact, power lefty in relief. But as Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post writes, the 28-year-old has been used in extremely low-leverage situations this year. Most recently, the club decided not to give him a spot start tonight against the Dodgers — preferring instead to promote Blake Treinen for a one-game stint — and then threw him in relief after the team was already down four runs. Detwiler seems expensive and somewhat over-qualified for his current role as a mop-up reliever. (He is earning $3MM in his second season of arbitration eligibility and has a 3.46 ERA in 301 2/3 innings — mostly as a starter — over 2011-13.)

    • npb99 - May 7, 2014 at 10:31 PM

      I wouldn’t be surprised to see Rizzo trade both Det and TyMo this summer.

      • dcwx61 - May 7, 2014 at 10:44 PM

        Could be…TyMo could fit in well on an American League team where he would get a lot more playing time.

    • therealjohnc - May 7, 2014 at 11:21 PM

      For the record, the quote is taken verbatim from an article by Jeff Todd of the web site MLB Trade Rumors:

      • Section 222 - May 8, 2014 at 12:55 AM

        Thanks. I was wondering about that.

      • dcwx61 - May 8, 2014 at 9:08 AM

        Yes and the other was from Chop talk …the atlanta braves page.
        Sorry I didn’t post that. I don’t write that good so thought it obvious.

  16. David Proctor - May 7, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    The Braves are apparently moving Alex Wood, one of their best pitchers, to the bullpen. This to make room for Gavin Floyd (has had an ERA of under 4 once in his career and that was in 2008) and Aaron Harang. The logic that goes into that decision-making process is mind-boggling.

    • dcwx61 - May 7, 2014 at 10:15 PM

      He may throw too many pitches per inning to be a starter but
      i haven’t looked at his long term stats

      • dcwx61 - May 7, 2014 at 10:18 PM

        nix that….better explanation below

        Regardless of the spin they try to put on it, the man likely to end up joining the bullpen crew is Alex Wood. By moving Woody they solve two problems; 1) keeping Woody’s innings down to a manageable level and 2) adding a left handed reliever to backup an inconsistent Luis Avilan. Avilan has been the only southpaw available since Ian Thomas was sent to Gwinnett when Floyd was activated. Wood worked very effectively in relief last year and adds a couple mph to his heater as a reliever. The Braves need another lefty to offset the left handed power bats that populate the NL Ea

      • Section 222 - May 8, 2014 at 12:57 AM

        Is this also from MLB Trade Rumors, or what’s the source?

    • Brookstoor - May 7, 2014 at 10:19 PM

      I was watching the ATL feed on MLBTv. Listening to their announcers try and explain the rotation/bullpen shuffle was hilarious.

      • dcwx61 - May 7, 2014 at 10:22 PM

        you are patient…I can’t handle the Braves announcers so must watch the other team’s feed. Maybe someday when they outlaw the chop 😉

      • dcwx61 - May 7, 2014 at 10:48 PM

        Time to start the
        “Stop the Choppers” campaign

        In any case, I love the sight of Ramos in the Lineup…It’s the smell of victory
        Apocolypse Now…Atlanta Redux
        or how things turned Uggla

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 7, 2014 at 10:52 PM

      You have to be joking. They get 1 good start from Floyd and they are thinking that will trend? Teheran and Wood are their best 2 starters.

      • natsjackinfl - May 8, 2014 at 7:17 AM

        Yep. Mike Minor is proving that for them.





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