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Ramos activated off DL, Leon sent down

Jun 26, 2014, 3:28 PM EDT

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CHICAGO — Wilson Ramos, as planned, was activated off the 15-day disabled list today and will be behind the plate when the Nationals open a 4-game series with the Cubs tonight at Wrigley Field.

The oft-injured catcher missed the last two weeks with a hamstring strain — his third in two seasons — but emerged from four rehab games with Class AA Harrisburg and Class A Potomac healthy and ready to return. He flew to Chicago on Wednesday and joined up with the rest of the Nationals, who wrapped up a 3-game series in Milwaukee earlier in the day.

Ramos had six hits, including two homers, during his brief rehab stint. He also legged out a double at Potomac on Monday, though he was cautious all along not to push himself too hard given his longstanding leg injuries.

The Nationals would like Ramos to be careful the rest of the season, not taking many chances on the bases, and he said he will adhere to that plan, recognizing his importance to the lineup.

Having also missed five weeks with a broken bone in his left wrist suffered on Opening Day, Ramos has played in only 24 games for the Nationals so far this season. He returns with a .261 batting average, one homer, 11 RBI and seven doubles.

To make room for Ramos on the active roster, the Nationals optioned fellow catcher Sandy Leon back to Class AAA Syracuse. Leon has hit .169 with one homer and three RBI in 18 big-league games this season.

  1. Doc - Jun 26, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    Ramos will need a trainer to devise a daily regimen of stretching exercises for his hamstring prone legs–even more important than how he legs out extra-base hits.

    Dr. Jose Lobaton has suggested the same thing!

    • sjm308 - Jun 26, 2014 at 3:46 PM

      Massage will also help

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 26, 2014 at 4:46 PM

        Agreed. They have to do something between innings for him. The problem in San Fran they said was the cold weather. I just don’t think they have been proactive enough as there were many commentors that were concerned that it could happen, and it did. I’ve championed to the chant in many games to take Ramos out early in blowout games to save him some innings on his legs.

      • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 26, 2014 at 7:21 PM

        Maybe they could have him use Fister’s workout. Whatever that is, it obviously includes lots and lots of stretching.

  2. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 26, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    Matt Dominguez 3 run HR off of Minor!

  3. masterfishkeeper - Jun 26, 2014 at 3:49 PM

    Nice article on Tanner Roark:

    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/tanner-roark-and-the-importance-of-strike-one/

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 26, 2014 at 4:28 PM

      Thanks for the link. His personal story of how Tanner went from College baseball to off his College team to independent baseball where he was awful to what he has become is simply remarkable.

      • masterfishkeeper - Jun 26, 2014 at 4:32 PM

        Yes, I thought he had been drafted out of college. Amazing that he went to independent baseball and was found. I’m sure that helps him keep things in perspective.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 26, 2014 at 4:40 PM

        That’s true. I’ve written about him before as he took a circuitous route to the Major Leagues. FanGraphs did a great job of writing a more detailed background.

        He is in a very small group of Major Leaguers who went from College undrafted to indepedent baseball. The scout that picked him up has to feel good about himself. He saw something beyond the statline.

      • Doc - Jun 26, 2014 at 4:53 PM

        As I always say, a good scout has to look for stuff other than stats.

        Not always easy, but sometimes it turns up Tanner Roarks.

        Goooooooooooooooo Tanner!

        I’ll mos of the town of Wllmington IL turns out at Wrigley tomorrow!!!!!

    • Doc - Jun 26, 2014 at 4:42 PM

      Great article!

      Going to use it for my friend’s little league team!

      Thanks!

  4. Brookstoor - Jun 26, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    Welcome back Wilson. We’ve missed you. We miss you often. Please don’t leave again.

    • natsfan1a - Jun 26, 2014 at 4:02 PM

      Seconding the welcome back for the Buffalo.

  5. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 26, 2014 at 4:28 PM

    By the way, Astros up now 6-1 on the Barfs.

    • Doc - Jun 26, 2014 at 4:43 PM

      Go Stros!

      Go Nats!

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 26, 2014 at 4:49 PM

        Cosart was very impressive. Bo Porter has the makings of a good team. He needs a bullpen and a true #1 and a couple more position players to put in the lineup with Altuve and Springer. The Nats kind of exposed Keuchel. I’ve been a fan of Cosart. That kid has stuff.

        Singleton and Fowler need to step it up for Bo or I could see them losing 90+ again.

      • Doc - Jun 26, 2014 at 4:56 PM

        Altuve’s gonna be around for a while.

        Pound for pound, the best player in the NL!

  6. zmunchkin - Jun 26, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    The Astros vs. the Barves on the MLB Network. Have it on as background noise as I work. Think MLB Network is showing the Barves broadcast. These guys are awful/boring. I can’t imagine anyone being more of a homer than these guys.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 26, 2014 at 4:49 PM

      Actually that’s the ‘Stros broadcast team.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 26, 2014 at 4:55 PM

        Do you see the CSN symbol in the left hand corner of your screen, that’s the Astros broadcast.

      • zmunchkin - Jun 26, 2014 at 4:55 PM

        Then someone from the Barves must be paying them big-time to talk about how good they are.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 26, 2014 at 5:07 PM

        You thought they were complimentary of the Barves?

      • zmunchkin - Jun 26, 2014 at 5:24 PM

        Only had on the sound. And was not paying real close attention. It just seemed like they were falling all over themselves talking about how good Minor is. Based on your comments, sounds like perhaps I just paid attention at the wrong time. :-).

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 26, 2014 at 5:37 PM

        I think they were very kind gentleman and never got negative and said nice things early in the game about Minor. After the 3 run HR he gave up, no more compliments.

  7. manassasnatsfan - Jun 26, 2014 at 6:40 PM

    Wilson looked good Tuesday. Had a chance for a close double and settled for the single.

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