Wilson Ramos taking second rehab from hamstring strain slow

(Al Behrman / AP)

(Al Behrman / AP)

Wilson Ramos is nearly three weeks into his six-week rehabilitation of an aggravated left hamstring strain. He is already running, but not at full speed, and hitting. His rehab this time, however, is longer and more measured as he recovers from the same hamstring injury again.

“I’ve been running pretty good, 75 to 80 percent right now,” Ramos said Tuesday. “So I’ve got plenty of time to get my hammy at 120 percent, which is what I want. I feel a lot better [Tuesday] and the past couple days.”

In his absence, the Nationals have leaned primarily on Kurt Suzuki with Jhonatan Solano as his backup. Ramos and Suzuki were splitting time before Ramos was injured again and playing well. Since Ramos landed on the disabled list again, Suzuki has started 11 of the Nationals 14 games and is 11 for 54 (.204) in that span. Ramos said he could begin a rehab assignment as soon as late next week, perhaps in Viera or at a minor league team around Washington.

“If my leg feels good, I can go back and play,” he said. “It has to be 100 percent first.”

Ramos pulled up limp when running out of the batter’s box on a double on May 16 in Los Angeles. He had already spent two weeks on the disabled list in April recovering from a hamstring strain on the same left leg. Asked how he strained the same leg muscle again, Ramos was just as puzzled.

“I don’t know,” he said. “Maybe two weeks was not plenty of time to get better. I started playing in a week. Right now, I have plenty of time and take my time.”

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