The Nationals have been impressed and pleased with Wilson Ramos’s progress from knee surgery and as a result he could see his first game action since last year’s season-ending injury sooner than expected. Manager Davey Johnson, who has been cautious with the catcher’s knee, said Ramos has looked good enough to possibly get some at-bats as a designated hitter as soon as March 3.
“That’s really going to be up to him,” he said. “I’m not in a hurry.”
Ramos will be eased into action as a designated hitter before he gets behind the plate. The catcher fears hurting his surgically repaired right knee, the lead leg when he slides. Johnson still believes Ramos will be ready by opening day.
>>> Henry Rodriguez threw his first bullpen session in camp on Sunday and, according to Johnson, looked good. The reliever, returning from elbow surgery last season, is on the same track as recently acquired starter Chris Young: Each will get one more bullpen session before facing hitters. Young, who will replace Ross Detwiler in the rotation when he leaves for the World Baseball Classic on March 4, will make appearances out of the bullpen before making his first start on March 9.
>>> Adam LaRoche and Jayson Werth are likely to play in their first spring training game on Wednesday. Johnson said he spoke with both players and hopes to get each of them some at-bats on Wednesday.
>>> Chad Tracy, who was hit by a pitch in the upper right arm near his shoulder in Sunday’s game, will get Monday and Tuesday off as a precaution. He didn’t throw or hit during Monday’s workout because he his upper arm felt sore. He is expected to return to games on Wednesday. Johnson said he didn’t want to push any injured player during the spring.
>>> First baseman Micah Owings played on Saturday but two days later, on Monday morning, complained of a hurt left wrist. He didn’t go for tests but received treatment — potentially a strain – and didn’t make the trip to Port St. Lucie against the Mets. The injury appeared minor and Johnson didn’t seem concerned about it.