Catcher Wilson Ramos has joined outfielders Michael Morse and Rick Ankiel as Nationals out of the lineup nursing what the team considers minor injuries. Ramos last played Tuesday, when he “tweaked” the back of his foot stepping on first base trying to beat out a dribbler, Manager Davey Johnson said.
Ramos will “probably not” travel with the Nationals to Tampa tomorrow, Johnson said, but “I’m not concerned about. It’ll be [Jesus] Flores. I wouldn’t want to deprive him of facing [CC] Sabathia. Or deprive Sabathia of facing him.”
Morse took several at-bats in an intrasquad minor league game yesterday, but has yet to find comfort throwing while recovering from a strained right lat, the muscle beneath his shoulder blade.
“He’s not worried about anything,” Johnson said. “He says he doesn’t feel that bad. We’re just going to wait until he’s ready. He’s still got that thing in his shoulder. I’m not really worried.”
(Update: Morse ended up not taking any at-bats in the intrasquad minor league game, but that is not an indication of concern on the Nationals’ or Morse’s part. The Nationals remain unworried with Morse’s status, and no further tests have been taken, and none are scheduled.)
Ankiel remains out with a tight left hamstring, but Johnson expects him to return tomorrow. It is good that no one seems worried, but it would be better if these players got healthy and played.
Here is today’s Nationals lineup, which will face Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda:
1. Roger Bernadina, LF
2. Danny Espinosa, 2B
3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B
4. Chad Tracy, 1B
5. Adam LaRoche, DH
6. Jayson Werth. DH
7. Bryce Harper, RF
8. Steve Lombardozzi, SS
9. Jhonatan Solano, C
-Chien-Ming Wang, SP
The Yankees do not have much of a travel squad today, although old friend Justin Maxwell, a Maryland alum, is on the trip. Johnson wondered why shortstop Derek Johnson ducked the Nationals. “It’s probably just a half hour in his jet,” Johnson said. “A-Rod, too.”