The Washington Nationals will once again have their one-two punch at catcher. Wilson Ramos, who has been nursing a hamstring sprain, is set to come off the disabled list tomorrow afternoon. Ramos had been placed on the 15-day DL when the hamstring failed to heal with just short rest.
According to Amanda Comak of the Washington Times, Ramos' hamstring is feeling strong, and he is ready to start contributing again. Ramos has completed his two-game rehab assignment and has cleared all the mental hurdles. Now as long as doctors clear him, Ramos will return to regular game action. Ramos admitted to feeling some hesitation when running the bases in his first rehab game, but he says he's past that now and feels ready to go.
The Nationals have been coming alive of late. Aside from the 1-0 win in the second game of the current four-game set with the Reds, the Nats' bats have been hot. In game one and three of the series, Washington has scored a combined 14 runs. With Ramos back in the lineup, the offense will have even more options.
Ramos is a very productive hitter when healthy. The problem, of course, has been keeping him in the lineup. He missed virtually all of the 2012 season with knee surgery, and he endured a frightening kidnaping experience in Venezuela before that. Now in 2013, Ramos has only been able to play in six games. Throughout his career, Ramos is a .270/.335/.438 hitter. If he can produce anywhere near that this season, the Nationals will be all the better for it.
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