Around the 10th inning, Wilson Ramos found a spot at the far end of the Nationals bench and sat down. Earlier in the day, he was at the hospital with his wife, their three-day-old daughter and family. Once his wife and daughter were discharged, Ramos was activated from the paternity leave list by the Nationals minutes before Thursday’s game. After missing three games for the birth of his first child, he was back.
“Everyone is doing well, thank God,” Ramos said as he packed up his belongings in a near-empty clubhouse, most of the team already waiting on the bus. “Everyone came out well and all are good.”
Ramos rejoins the Nationals at a needed time. The Nationals play perhaps their biggest series of the season against the Braves in Atlanta, part of a six-game roadtrip that ends with three games in New York. He was hitting .327 with three home runs over his previous 26 games before he took his paternity leave.
Ramos’ wife, Yely, gave birth on Tuesday. In his absence, the Nationals called up Sandy Leon from Class AAA Syracuse, where he returned on Thursday. Jose Lobaton started all three games for the Nationals and filled in well. The Nationals won two of the three games, the pitching staff allowed 10 runs and Lobaton went 3 for 11 with a walk.
“I’m happy to be back with everyone,” Ramos said. “But I’m a little sad to be leaving my baby at home. It’s part of my job and something I can’t leave aside. I’m here now. I’ll see here every day through Skype or phone calls. That’s what I hope to do.”