Washington Nationals fans probably remember it well when Wilson Ramos chased after a passed ball against the Cincinnati Reds in the bottom of the seventh inning. Ramos fell going for the ball and left the game due to an injury. The injury turned out to be a knee surgery and required major surgery to his right knee that kept him out for the rest of the season.
Today Ramos caught two bullpen sessions at the National’s Minor League Complex on Monday. Even though he was hesitant to block balls because of possible pain to his right knee, he successfully blocked them without feeling any pain. It was a step in the right direction for Ramos.
“The knee feels good. My knee is strong. It didn’t get tired at all,” Ramos said. “We are going step by step. Today, it was another step. I don’t feel any pain.”
Manager Davey Johnson was also pleased with Ramos’ progress behind the plate.
“I just go by what I see,” Johnson said. “[Ramos] was blocking balls, bouncing well. He looked normal.”
There are still more little steps and progress to be made, but Johnson is optimistic and hopeful that Ramos can be ready for Opening Day for the Nationals.
When he does return, Ramos will be in a backup role behind Kurt Suzuki. With injuries and long recoveries like this, having days of working out and participating without pain is a small step to the goal of being 100%.
For the Nationals and Ramos, hopefully Ramos will be back for Opening Day and the recovery and rehab continues with no new complications or pain moving forward.