The Washington Nationals announced that right-hander Blake Treinen was being optioned to Triple-A Syracuse after his start against the Los Angeles Dodgers last night, but they did not announce a corresponding move until this morning. Before they even made the announcement that Wilson Ramos was being reinstated from the DL, the 26-year-old catcher's name was penciled in the starting lineup for the finale of the three-game set with L.A. in D.C.:
Nats' skipper Matt Williams talked to reporters on Tuesday about why the Nationals were taking a cautious approach to bringing their no.1 catcher back.
"Given where he's at," Williams explained, "we have to, for lack of better terms, keep a very close eye on his as far as playing time goes. Regardless of whether you've had four games or five games in a rehab stint or you've had ten, it's not like going through a full Spring Training. I'm not concerned about the injury, in and of itself. I'm concerned about his legs and how he reacts [to] catching on a regular basis."
Ramos, for his part, declared himself ready to go on Tuesday after two rehab starts in the Nats' system in which he was 2 for 7 with a home run. He caught nine innings with the Harrisburg Senators in his second game and said yesterday he was good to go.
"'I don't need [more rehab]," he told reporters including MASN's Pete Kerzel. "'I'm ready to go.'"
The Nationals' manager and his coaches watched Ramos closely during batting practice yesterday and were apparently satisfied enough with what they saw since they officially announced this afternoon that for the first time since Opening Day in New York when he suffered the broken hamate bone in his left hand Ramos was going to play for the Nats in the series finale with the Dodgers.
The #Nats have returned from rehab & reinstated C Wilson Ramos from the DL and optioned RHP Blake Treinen to Triple-A Syracuse.— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) May 7, 2014
BTW: In case you didn't hear, Matt Williams was involved in a car accident while on a radio interview with 106.7 the FAN in D.C.'s The Sports Junkies this morning: