Nationals' C Wilson Ramos 2 for 3 w/ 3-run HR in rehab start for Hagerstown Suns

Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Nationals' catcher Wilson Ramos made his first rehab appearance this afternoon with the Low-A Hagerstown Suns and went 2 for 3 with a walk and a three-run home run in what ended up a 10-8 Suns' win. He could return to the Nats this week.

Washington Post writer James Wagner reported on this weekend that after Wilson Ramos caught six innings in an extended Spring Training game on Saturday he was headed to Low-A Hagerstown to get some at bats as the Suns' DH in this afternoon's game. Ramos got three at bats in what ended up a 10-8 win, going 2 for 3 with a walk, home run and three RBIs. As the WaPost reporter noted in Saturday's report, the 26-year-old catcher could return from his rehab after surgery to remove a broken hamate bone from his left hand as soon as this week, but more likely this coming weekend when the Nationals travel to Oakland for Interleague play with the A's since that would allow him to serve as the Nats' designated hitter.

After today's game with the Suns, the Harrisburg Senators announced that Ramos would be making an appearance with them on Monday while the Nationals take on the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first game of a three-game set in Nationals Park.

Pitching in Hagerstown today was the Nationals' no.1 prospect, 2012 1st Round pick Lucas Giolito, who started for the Suns, going five innings in which gave up six hits and three runs, two earned, while striking out five and inducing six ground ball outs. In six starts and 26 1/3 IP so far this season, the 16th overall pick in 2012 now has a 3.08 ERA, 13 walks (4.44 BB/9) and 29 Ks (9.91 K/9).

"We'll evaluate after the game today and see where he's at. But we'll have to talk to him and he made it through nine innings though." - Matt Williams on Scott Hairston after third rehab start

In other rehabbing Nationals news, Matt Williams told reporters after today's loss in Philadelphia that Scott Hairston was close to returning from the DL. Hairston (oblique) has made three starts for the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs so far. He was 0 for 4 today with a K. Williams said they would talk to him and see how he felt.

"He played today," Williams said. "So we'll evaluate after the game today and see where he's at. But we'll have to talk to him and he made it through nine innings though. So, we'll see. We'll talk to him, see how he's feeling and make a decision."

The Nats' skipper did say that the Nationals could use Hairston off the bench.

"He's really good off the bench and pounds lefties. So, we'll be happy to have him back. Certainly with that experience and that success under his belt. As long as he's healthy. We'll have him back."

No official word on when Hairston will return to the majors.

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