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Ramos headed to DL with hamstring strain

Jun 11, 2014, 8:32 PM EDT

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Wilson Ramos is headed back to the disabled list, once again sidelined with a leg injury.

The Nationals catcher will be placed on the 15-day DL with a Grade 1 strained right hamstring, manager Matt Williams told reporters in San Francisco prior to Wednesday night’s game against the Giants, after hurting himself in the ninth inning of Tuesday’s win at AT&T Park.

Ramos stretched a base hit into his second double of the game, then signaled for a trainer. He walked off under his own power and expressed hope after the game the injury wasn’t serious.

But the strain was serious enough to force Ramos to the DL yet again. This is the second time this season he has gone on the DL, the fifth time in three years, following his torn ACL in 2012, two left hamstring strains in 2013 and a broken hamate bone on Opening Day this season.

With Ramos on the shelf again, backup Jose Lobaton will be forced into everyday duties. Acquired this spring because of his ability to step in and take over starting duties when needed, Lobaton has hit .221 with a .643 OPS in 27 starts this season.

Sandy Leon will be recalled from Class AAA Syracuse, where he was hitting .294 in 16 games, and serve as Lobaton’s backup for at least the next two weeks.

  1. Faraz Shaikh - Jun 11, 2014 at 8:44 PM

    I feel like criticizing him but he was only trying to do his job better.

  2. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 11, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    Initially I thought it was his hand and kind of relieved it was the hamstring. I’m sure they decided to put him on the DL so they could have a backup catcher as I can’t imagine he would have needed more than a few days off.

    Somehow they have to figure this out as a team. Why isn’t he stretching between innings? What can they do better to be preventative.

    • Faraz Shaikh - Jun 11, 2014 at 8:57 PM

      Seriously. They have to figure out a way to fix him.

      • Candide - Jun 11, 2014 at 9:30 PM

        Yeah. And when they’re done doing that, maybe “they” can fix my damaged heart. How hard could it be?

    • Doc - Jun 11, 2014 at 9:30 PM

      My point exactly, Ghost.

      Obviously, I’m not a big league catcher, but I suffered a left hamstring injury several months ago.

      I continue to stretch it and work with it daily , so it doesn’t return. About 20 minutes a day. So far, so good.

      There must surely be some brief exercise stuff that the trainer can work with Ramos on daily.

      Ramos is an investment, and his physical status needs a daily routine.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 11, 2014 at 9:54 PM

        Ray Knight opened up the broadcast discussing this exact topic. Keep him stretching between innings and hydrated.

        I’m thinking the Nats needed to get creative and DL Dobbs for a blister and kept Ramos on the roster and then activated Leon as insurance.

  3. Sonny G 10 - Jun 11, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    You know it was cold in San Francisco and Wilson’s hammies were not warmed enough to do that hard sprint to second base, given that he’s susceptible to hamstring pulls. Maybe Matt Williams should threaten to take him out of the game on cold nights if he runs past first base on anything except home runs and ground rule doubles. We gotta stop these multiple trips to the DL.

  4. Joe Seamhead - Jun 11, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    You gotta be shi**ing me.
    Somebody find Harper’s catching gear. No wait, that won’t work. He can’t stay off the DL either.

  5. manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2014 at 9:44 PM

    When I heard tweak, I knew that was not true, now it is a strain.

    Our training staff always under plays initial reports.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 11, 2014 at 9:57 PM

      I think they are close to the same except tweak is not a medical term.

      A few days rest with some massage, therapy, anti-inflammatory meds and he should be fine. I just wish they could’ve avoided the DL.

  6. Section 222 - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    From the way everyone is talking, I take it that “grade 1″ means minor. Would be nice if the post actually said that.

    • 6ID20 - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:48 PM

      No, kindergarten is minor.

  7. philipd763 - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    Ramos needs a designated runner as he seems to have chronic hamstring problems. This is very concerning.

  8. Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:20 PM

    Here ya go Deuces (Hey, did you ever drive a Buick Electra 225? Great car!)

    http://www.physioroom.com/prevention/muscle_strains.php

  9. unterp - Jun 12, 2014 at 6:49 AM

    yoga…

  10. veejh - Jun 12, 2014 at 7:36 AM

    Impressive run the past few weeks topped off by throttling the best team in baseball 3 in a row, so far. Someone pinch me.

    • ArVAFan - Jun 12, 2014 at 7:59 AM

      Yeah, I think there are some folks waking up in SF wondering “what just happened here? No one told us they were that good!”

      Anything good that happens this afternoon is gravy.

      And maybe, just maybe, we can beat the Cards 2 out of 3, and get that out of the way. There should be some Nats cheering in STL, since the Nats have a sponsored road trip for the weekend. I won’t be there, but we’re going on the Chicago one at the end of the month.

  11. natsfan1a - Jun 12, 2014 at 8:17 AM

    OMG, another happy game results email? Awesome. Will watch the game, which I recorded, later. I do feel a little bit guilty, as I told my old friend in SFO that the Giants might a bit of an advantage going into last night’s game (no offense, Tanner – heh). Eh, what the heck. SFO can go back to winning after the Nats leave town. :-)

  12. Hiram Hover - Jun 12, 2014 at 8:44 AM

    Went to bed at 4-1, after Werth’s homer. Wake up to 6-2 final score. I’ll take it!

    BTW – Roark has been awesome. I was at most cautiously optimistic after 2013–he was great but in limited innings and against some weak opponents. He looked like a legit contender for the #5 spot but I didn’t have faith that he would be a lot more.

    Most projections didn’t think too much of him either. Fangraphs’ pre-season write-up had Roark splitting his time bwn the BP and the rotation and pitching to a 4.20 ERA and 4.30 FIP. Right now, in mid-June, he owns a 2.92 ERA and a 3.41 FIP in 13 starts.

    Now, I still don’t really think he’s that good–if he could sustain a sub-3 ERA, he would be one of the 6-8 best pitchers in MLB. But he’s damn good, and I’m enjoying it.

    • tcostant - Jun 12, 2014 at 9:24 AM

      Roark is found money, this guy a few years ago was had a really bad losing record (6-17) at AAA and was removed from the AAA starting rotation in early 2013. It is a movie like turn around.

  13. Joe Seamhead - Jun 12, 2014 at 9:00 AM

    I am really bummed about Ramos’ latest trip to the DL, but I’d give Jose Loboton the unsung hero award for last night’s game. He did an OK job behind the plate. We really need him to step up his game again.

  14. micksback1 - Jun 12, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    very happy with this team, as far as Wlosn goes, what do they pay Joh Philbin for?? I like John, but damn, he should know that Wilson should be stretching between innings

    • jd - Jun 12, 2014 at 9:37 AM

      And you know that he isn’t?

  15. jd - Jun 12, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    Per MW, when Harper returns Zim goes back to 3rd.

    I guess I was wrong.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 12, 2014 at 9:58 AM

      “Zim is just conditioning. He’s not playing the outfield” You better watch the video. There’s plenty of time to change minds. It’s Span vs Espi as far as I can see when Harper comes back.

      • 6ID20 - Jun 12, 2014 at 10:40 AM

        If that’s the choice, it has to be Span all the way. To play, not to sit. Espi goes back to being utility guy and late-inning defensive replacement.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 12, 2014 at 10:44 AM

        The debate will continue…………….

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 12, 2014 at 10:02 AM

      Go to 2:45 on the video: http://www.masnsports.com/media.php?show_id=2219320&p=

      Then listen after the next question. He gets very uncomfortable with the question from Ladson. I think it was a rehearsed line if he got asked the question point blank and you can hear it in his voice.

  16. Theophilus T.S. - Jun 12, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    I think Zimmerman is going to be sad about leaving LF. One by one he is working through the issues (few of them, actually) he has encountered. The Crawford ball was the same ball (slice from a LH hitter) that went over his head on Day 2 (?) of “The Experiment.” The layout for the popup reflected his experience charging balls as an IF. Who’d want to give up a gig like that to be a target for lasers at 3B? Even his post-game comments and demeanor bespeak a guy who is enjoying the moment, a positivity (if there is such a word) we haven’t seen in a long time.

    Very interesting summary of Michael Taylor’s season in WaPo. It looks, seriously, as if the Nats have a five-year supply of OFs (Werth, through 2017), Span (through next year), Harper, Zimmerman, Taylor, Souza and possibly Hood).

    • langleyclub - Jun 12, 2014 at 10:57 AM

      Could be wrong if Span continues to rake, but I doubt that the Nats pick up Span’s option for next year. I think that the Nats will go with a Zimmerman-Harper-Werth OF in 2015 until Taylor is ready. Predict that the Nats will want to save the $9 million needed to keep Span to extend LaRoche for one more year (there is a mutual $15 million option) or help reach a long-term deal with Jordan Z or others to avoid arbitration/free agency.

      To maintain success, the Nats farm system needs to continue to produce front-line players with low compensation numbers to offset the growing contracts of the current talent that they want to keep.

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