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"With the progress (Ramos) has made after rehabbing himself after (surgery last May)," Nats skipper Davey Johnson told reporters this Spring, "(he's) been out all year, been rehabbing hard and he's looked great all spring, both (at and) behind the dish. He's bouncing around better than I've seen him in the years that I've been here and just kind of a 'carrot' for hard work."
Though Johnson was giving Ramos the nod for the opener, he was clear that in his mind, "I can look at them as both No. 1 catchers." However, as Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo explained this spring, Ramos was still considered the future behind the plate in the nation's capital.
"We do see Ramos as the future behind the plate for us," Rizzo said in an MLB Network Radio interview. "Zuk (Suzuki) is a marvelous handler of the pitching staff. He's got an extremely high baseball IQ. He's an energy guy and an upbeat guy and we think that he's going to get back to the .265-.270, 12-13 HR guy that he was with Oakland."
The Nationals would once again be thankful for the acquisition of Suzuki when Ramos went down with a hamstring injury just two weeks into this season. Ramos was running hard to first on a groundout when he suffered the injury."
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