As he walked out of the Nationals’ clubhouse on Thursday and made his way out of the ballpark on crutches, Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos stopped to chat. General Manager Mike Rizzo walked by, Ramos greeted him and Rizzo answered back: “You look good.” Another team employee stopped to hug him and tell him he was missed.
Ramos, 24, a primary piece of the Nationals’ future, is awaiting another surgery before he can finally begin his long recovery back onto the field. On June 1, doctors repaired his torn meniscus. But Ramos’s injury, suffered on May 12 while chasing a passed ball in Cincinnati, caused so much “severe damage” to the joint that he needed a second surgery.
Doctors have to wait until July 18, once the swelling from the first surgery subsides, before they can repair the torn anterior cruciate ligament.
“Right now, I’m just trying to recuperate and follow everything exactly as they told me and recover 100 percent,” he said in Spanish.
It’s been a tough past year for Ramos. He endured a harrowing kidnapping episode in his native Venezuela in which he spent 51 hours at the hands of four men who abducted him and dragged him into a car at gunpoint at his family’s home. After his season-ending injury, Ramos was shaken.
“The first days were difficult,” he said. “Now, my mind is much calmer. I’m calmer now because I know I’ll be fine for next season.”
Ramos, who was enjoying a strong start to his season before his injury, had planned to bring his family to the United States, and he said his mother will come after his second surgery to help.
In the meantime, he said his current rehab consists of using exercise bands to help strengthen the knee, keeping the muscles slightly active so they don’t weaken completely and, mainly, just resting at home in Washington.
“I stay occupied, talk to my family which has supported me during this time,” he said. “And sometimes I come watch the games. But I’m usually home, resting and resting my knee as much as I can.”
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Syracuse 3, Pawtucket 1: John Lannan (6-6, 4.66 ERA) earned the win after allowing only one run on six hits and walking two. Henry Rodriguez made his second appearance in his rehab assignment, pitching a scoreless inning and notching a save but walking two batters.
Portland 6, Harrisburg 1: Left fielder Jimmy Van Ostrand went 2 for 4, raising his batting average to .371 (23 for 62) in 20 games.
Potomac 5, Winston-Salem 4: Mark DeRosa began his rehab assignment, started at third base, hit third and played five innings. He went 0 for 2 with one strikeout.
Lakewood 5, Hagerstown 3: Second baseman Cutter Dykstra went 2 for 4 with a double and a run scored.
Auburn 6, Batavia 5: Third baseman Carlos Lopez and shortstop Stephen Perez each drove in two runs.