(Al Behrman/AP)


Wilson Ramos, who has been on the disabled list since straining his hamstring running out a groundball on April 13, hopes to begin his rehab assignment on Friday, Nationals Manager Davey Johnson said. Ramos didn’t travel with the Nationals on the past two road trips and remained in Washington rehabbing his leg. His hamstring has improved and he has now been able to perform any physical activity necessary to play.

The Nationals originally considered sending Ramos to extended spring training in Viera to get at-bats before a return next Monday in Atlanta. But Johnson said that, if the weather cooperates, Ramos could remain in the area and play at Class A Potomac. They, however, will be in Myrtle Beach. Class AA Harrisburg will be visiting Bowie over the weekend and that could be an option for Ramos.

Before he hurt his hamstring, Ramos was 6 for 20 with three walks and two homers. His rapid return from the major knee surgery last summer to repair a damaged right ACL and meniscus was among the most encouraging stories of the spring.