Nats’ Ramos placed on disabled list

By Bill Ladson

SAN FRANCISCO – The Nationals have placed catcher Wilson Ramos on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday because of right hamstring tightness. The team is recalling catcher Sandy Leon to be the No. 2 catcher.

Wilson hurt the hamstring after batting in the ninth inning against Giants right-hander Juan Gutierrez. Ramos doubled to left-center field and felt pain as he was sliding into second base. Ramos left the game and was replaced by outfielder Nate McLouth. Ramos walked back into the dugout on his own power.

It marked the second time Ramos has been placed on the disabled list this season. The first time came a day after Opening Day after he broke his left hamate bone.

On Wednesday, Ramos was upbeat and “normal,” but he understood why he was placed on the DL. He realizes they need to have healthy catcher in case something happens to Jose Lobaton, who is in the starting lineup.

“They put me on the DL because they need to have somebody 100 percent in case Loby gets hurt or something like that. They need to get somebody ready,” Ramos said.  “I want to work. I want to keep working. Let’s see how I feel the next couple of days.”

Ramos is in great shape, but Lobaton suggested to Ramos that he starts a new program in order to keep his legs healthy. Ramos agrees with his teammate. Ramos had hamstring issues last year and missed half the season.

“I need to do something different,” Ramos said. “I need to work more on my hammy. I need to work on my hammy because I don’t have any problem with any part of my body, just my hammy. I need to work 100 percent with my hammy.”

As for Leon, this is his second stint with the Nationals this season. He is having a productive year with the Triple A Syracuse, hitting .294 with six RBIs.

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