WASHINGTON - Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos has been reinstated from the 15-day disabled list and will start Wednesday's series finale against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Ramos missed 32 games after fracturing a hamate in his left hand on Opening Day, March 31, against the New York Mets. The 26-year-old underwent successful surgery and appeared in two rehab games with Single-A Hagerstown and Double-A Harrisburg, where he went 2-for-7 with a home run, three RBIs and a walk.
Ramos' return to the lineup comes two days before starting pitcher Doug Fister is expected to make his season debut Friday against the Oakland As. Fister has been sidelined since spring training with a lat strain.
"You leave spring training with a plan and part of that plan includes those guys so it's going to be nice to have them both back," said Nationals Manager Matt Williams.
"I don‘t think we can expect too much -- with Doug being out so long, I don't think that he can go out there and throw 120 pitches. With Wilson, I think that there will be some timing issues. There always is whether you've had four or five games of rehab or 10 -- there are always some timing issues. So for them to set the world on fire first time out, I wouldn't expect that, but we're glad to have them back."
Ramos has battled injuries before - most notably a knee injury in 2012 and a series of hamstring ailments in 2013- but Williams is hopeful that the broken bone in Ramos' hand does not have long-term ramifications.
"He should be fine," Williams said. "There's no issue with the hand, he's gotten past that. The lingering effect of this injury is generally some wrist soreness, so that may occur over the course of time as he goes through, and we'll adjust to that, but I think that he's good. He's ready to go."
Ramos is a career .269 hitter with 16 home runs and 59 RBIs in 239 Major League games. To make room for Ramos on the active roster, the Nationals optioned right-handed pitcher Blake Treinen to Triple-A Syracuse. Treinen made his first career big league start Tuesday in the Nationals' 8-3 loss to the Dodgers.
Stephen Strasburg is scheduled to start Wednesday with former National Dan Haren starting for Los Angeles. Below is the Nationals' starting lineup.
- CF: Denard Span
- 3B: Anthony Rendon
- RF: Jayson Werth
- 1B: Adam LaRoche
- C: Wilson Ramos
- SS: Ian Desmond
- 2B: Danny Espinosa
- LF: Kevin Frandsen
- RHP: Stephen Strasburg
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