Washington Nationals' skipper Matt Williams updated reporters on the plans for injured Nats Bryce Harper and Wilson Ramos before last night's game with the Atlanta Braves in the nation's capital. Both players went through another round of batting practice Friday afternoon as Harper works his way back from a torn ligament in his left thumb which required surgery and Ramos recovers from another hamstring injury.
"[Ramos'] leg feels good," Williams said. "Bryce's thumb was a little bit tender, not in the surgical part of it, but on the back side, which is to be expected because he's doing a lot of strength stuff. But he was able to swing today with no issues and drive the ball, so he's right on schedule too. So everybody is good. We'll look at their plans here in the next day or so and see what we're going to do."
"It could be this weekend," the first-year manager said when asked when Ramos might start a rehab stint.
"We'll see how he comes out of today. Certainly he's got more stuff to do. Strength stuff, test stuff, running, all that. So that could be this weekend. Bryce at some point during the road trip, that's where we're at right now."
According to a report from the Harrisburg Senators and since-confirmed rumors in Nationals Park, both injured players will take another step towards returning to the majors sooner rather than later.
Ramos is in the lineup with the Nationals' Double-A affiliate tonight in what will be his first rehab outing after he injured his hamstring running out a double during the Nats' last road trip:
6/21 #HbgSens: Dykstra 2B, Kobernus LF, Wilson Ramos C, Skole 3B, Keyes 1B, Ramsey RF, Martinson SS, Latimore CF, Hague SS, RHP Paolo Espino— Harrisburg Senators (@HbgSenators) June 21, 2014
Several of the Nationals beat reporters spoke to a "source" this afternoon who told them that Harper will make his first rehab appearance on Monday after injuring his thumb sliding into third on a base-clearing triple in an April 25th game in the nation's capital:
Bryce Harper will rehab at Potomac on Monday and Tuesday, then take Wednesday off, per source.— Mark Zuckerman (@ZuckermanCSN) June 21, 2014
Bryce Harper is set to start his rehab assignment Monday at Potomac, per source. Had said he likely wants somewhere around 7-9 rehab games— Dan Kolko (@masnKolko) June 21, 2014
Hearing the plan for Bryce Harper is to start rehab Monday in Potomac, play there again Tuesday, take Wednesday off and go from there.— Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) June 21, 2014
Matt Williams confirmed the reports on Ramos in tonight's pregame meeting with reporters.
Williams says Harper will play all 3 OF positions while on rehab. Tentative plan is for 7 total games, plus 2 off-days. Sets up 7/2 return.— Mark Zuckerman (@ZuckermanCSN) June 21, 2014