Ramos is not in the lineup for Saturday's tilt with San Francisco, Jamal Collier of MLB.com reports. It appears to be just a routine maintenance day as Ramos had started the previous nine games coming into Saturday. Pedro Severino will get the nod behind the dish and bat eighth. Ramos has collected hits in 16 of the 21 games he's played in this month, slashing a robust .309/.371/.469 during that time.
Ramos went 2-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI as the cleanup hitter in Tuesday's loss to the Indians. His stay in the No. 4 spot in the order may not last long, as Bryce Harper was shifted up to the two-hole and went 0-for-5, but Ramos has been productive all season no matter where he's been hitting. The catcher now sports a .339/.390/.546 slash line on the year with 15 home runs and 54 RBI.
Ramos went 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBI Sunday against the Padres. Ramos left the yard for the 14th time in 2016 to give the Nationals a 5-3 lead in the third inning of a game they'd go on to lose. He's now hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games, and he's slashing .337/.389/.533 on the season.
Ramos went 3-for-4 with a walk, a double, a home run, three runs scored and two RBI in Sunday's blowout win over the Reds. The homer was his 13th and Ramos shows no signs of slowing down after his incredible three-month tear to begin the season. He's now hitting .343/.394/.567 and has walked as many times (21) through 69 games this year as he did in 128 games last year, while nearly halving his strikeout rate. He will slow down eventually, but if that improved plate discipline holds up he may not drop off as much as you might think after the All-Star break.
Ramos is out of the lineup and will get the day off Friday against the Reds, Chase Hughes of CSN Mid-Atlantic reports. Ramos will get a regular day off after catching four straight games, as Jose Lobaton will catch Tanner Roark on Friday. The 28-year-old is having an All-Star season thus far, batting .340 with 12 home runs and 44 RBI to help place the Nationals atop the NL East. Ramos will likely be back in the lineup for Saturday's contest.