Nationals reinstate Wilson Ramos from DL, option Sandy Leon to Triple-A
by Amanda Comak
CHICAGO — Precisely 15 days after the Washington Nationals placed catcher Wilson Ramos on the 15-day Disabled List with a right hamstring strain, the team returned from rehab and reinstated their slugging catcher, and optioned catcher Sandy Leon back to Triple-A Syracuse.
Ramos, who rejoins the Nationals on Thursday in Chicago after missing 14 games with the strain, completed a four-game rehab assignment this week with Double-A Harrisburg (two games) and Single-A Potomac (two game).
During the four-game stretch, Ramos went 7-for-16 (.438) at the plate with one double, two home runs, two runs scored and nine RBI.
The 26-year-old catcher has played in 24 Major League games this season, working to a .261 average (24-for-92) with seven doubles, one home run, eight walks and 11 RBI. Ramos previously missed 32 games this season after suffering a hamate bone fracture in his left hand on Opening Day.
His return, once again, lengthens the Nationals’ lineup significantly, giving them another powerful middle-of-the-order bat for opposing pitchers to contend with.
In his second Major League stint of the season, Leon, 25, appeared in five games (four starts) and went 2-for-15 (.133) at the plate.