Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams update the media in his Monday pregame press conference on the status of catcher Wilson Ramos, on the disabled list recovering from hamate surgery. Williams indicated that Ramos was “a little bit ahead” of schedule in his rehab.
“He’s swinging a bat a little bit,” Williams said. “It’s a modified bat where they take the weight out of it. But he’s able to hit some balls off the tee. He’s working on strength. They’re working on the scar, because the scar mats down every night, so they try to get that as pliable as possible.”
“When they take the bone out, the bone is still raw. So you it’s really nothing wrong with him at this point, it’s more pain tolerance and stuff like that, but at least he’s got a bat in his hand. He’s able to grip stuff and start to do some strength stuff. So it’s good. He’s right on schedule, maybe a little bit ahead, actually.”
As for Ramos’ impeding return, Williams wouldn’t commit to a timetable. But Ramos’ return to the Nats lineup is not imminent.
“It’s still a month-ish,” Williams explained. “Timing is not there. If you take a month off it’s just not there, so I like to get him as many at bats as we can so he’s comfortable, so when he does come back, he feels good at the plate and his timing is there and all of that. But as of right now there’s no real issue with it other than what he can tolerate. ”
He’s on his way. He’s been working hard otherwise too. He’s training every day. So I don’t think that will be an issue. I think he’ll be in shape and ready to go with his legs and everything else, so it’s a matter of timing.”
Once Ramos is healthy, he’ll probably spend a week or so on a rehab assignment with Potomac or Harrisburg, the Nats two closest affiliates, before he’s activated to the roster.