Nationals return Elvin Ramirez to Mets

The Nationals returned Rule 5 pick Elvin Ramirez to the Mets, the team announced in a news release.

Ramirez, a hard-throwing right-handed pitcher, missed the entire season after undergoing shoulder surgery. The Nationals technically kept Ramirez on their 25-man roster all season, but since he spent the entire year on the disabled list the Nationals would have had to keep Ramirez on their 25-man roster all of next season in order to keep him in the organization.

The Nationals chose Ramirez from the Mets with the sixth pick of last December’s Rule 5 draft. Ramirez, 24, has thrown only 6 2/3 innings above Class A. The Nationals will get $25,000 back from the Mets in the transaction.

Adam Kilgore covers national sports for the Washington Post. Previously he served as the Post's Washington Nationals beat writer from 2010 to 2014.

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