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Wilson Ramos eyes Wednesday return to Nationals

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

The Nationals are set to welcome Wilson Ramos back behind the plate.
The Nationals are set to welcome Wilson Ramos back behind the plate. (USATSI)

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Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos was forced to have surgery following a fractured hamate bone in his left wrist earlier this season. In fact, he suffered the injury on opening day, so he's been out since. After catching a full game for Double-A Harrisburg Monday, though, Ramos is with the Nationals Tuesday -- and he's itching to return:

Ramos will be an upgrade for Washington, which enters Tuesday night's game against the Dodgers in first place in the unbelievably close NL East.

Ramos, 26, hit .272/.307/.470 (112 OPS+) last season with 16 homers and 59 RBI in 78 games. To this point in the 2014 season, Nationals catchers have hit .219/.299/.333, collectively.

The problem, of course, has been health with Ramos. After a promising rookie season in 2011 (good for fourth in NL Rookie of the Year voting), he missed almost all of 2012 after tearing the ACL and meniscus in his right knee. Last year, a hamstring injury sidelined him for a large chunk of the season and obviously he's had the wrist thing this year.

If Ramos can stay on the field this time around, however, the Nationals definitely have an offensive upgrade.

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