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Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg pitched five shutout innings in a 7-3 loss to the Dodgers at Nationals Park on Tuesday night. His outing came a year and three days after he had Tommy John surgery.
His teammates came away impressed with what they saw. Wilson Ramos caught Strasburg for the first time and Ramos said they were on the same page throughout the game.
“He was unbelievable — his pitches. Everything was working down in the zone,” Ramos said. “We were on the same page. He shook me off only two or three times. I tried to be on the same page with him and we were.”
Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman noticed that Strasburg wasn’t throwing his curveball as much he did in the past.
“When you have a fastball like him, you can throw just fastballs,” Zimmerman said. “He is a talent. That surgery — it’s not like it’s career threatening anymore. If you put the time in and work hard like him, you have a real good chance to come back.”
The way Strasburg was pitching, shortstop Ian Desmond said he never would have known that Strasburg had Tommy John surgery.
“It looked like he didn’t skip a beat,” Desmond said. “Last year, when he got hurt, he did an interview and he said he was going to come back stronger and smarter. … He looked like he did.
“To be able to comeback with the adrenalin, with the media, with everything else and be able to hone in on the strike zone and do your job with reliability — unbelievable.”
In the top of the second inning of Sunday’s 9-4 victory over the D-Backs, Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos swung at a pitch from right-hander Ian Kennedy and fouled the ball off his left shin.
Ramos was in serious pain and limping for most of the game until the eighth inning, when he hit a three-run homer off right-hander Aaron Heilman to give Washington a 4-0 lead.
Ramos was taking his time running the bases, while D-backs third-base coach Matt Williams was seen yelling at him.
At first, it appeared Ramos was still hurting from the shin injury, but he acknowledged after the game that he was showing up the D-backs for hitting his teammates with pitches during the game.
“I felt like, ‘Ok, I want to see those guy angry,’” he said.
During the three-game series against the Orioles, Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos went 3-for-10 [.300] with a homer, three RBIs and five runs scored.
Ramos’ best game in the series came Friday during Washington’s 17-5 victory over Baltimore. He went 3-for-4 and was a double short of the cycle.
After Sunday’s 2-1 victory over the Nationals, Orioles manager Buck Showalter came away impressed by what he saw from Ramos.
“I love that Ramos kid,” Showalter said. “That’s about as good a young player as I’ve seen this year. The kid they got from Minnesota. He’s really impressive.”
Ramos is currently splitting time with Ivan Rodriguez behind the plate. However, Ramos is expected to be the everyday catcher after the All-Star break.
The Nationals reassigned catcher Derek Norris to Double A Harrisburg on Thursday afternoon. Norris was 3-for-15 [.200] with four walks and an RBI.
Norris was a long shot to make the Major League team out of Spring Training. Wilson Ramos and Ivan Rodriguez are currently battling to be the Opening Day starter behind the plate. If Ramos wins the job, for example, Rodriguez will be the backup unless general manager Mike Rizzo decides to trade Rodriguez.
If Rodriguez is traded, it most likely means Jesus Flores will be the backup catcher.
The Nationals have traded closer Matt Capps, the team’s lone All-Star representative, and cash to the Twins for catcher Wilson Ramos and left-hander Joe Testa.
Capps played his last game for Washington on Thursday afternoon and picked up his 26th save of the season as the Nationals defeated the Braves, 5-3.
Capps, 26, came to the Nationals this past offseason as a free agent, signing a one-year, $3.5 million contract. He helped improved a bullpen that was one of the worst in baseball last year.
When reached by phone, Capps was packing his suitcase and headed to Minnesota on Friday morning.
“I have a lot of emotions going on,” Capps said. “My concern is just getting everything ready, getting where I need to be and making sure that my wife is taking care of – making sure that everything is not thrown on her shoulders.”
Capps said he enjoyed his time with the Nationals, who signed him after he was non-tendered by the Pirates last December.
“I’m excited about the opportunity to go and play in the playoffs,” Capps said. “Right now, I’m saddened I’m leaving group of guys and the people in the Washington organization. They have been classy from the get go. When everything happened in December, when the Pirates non-tendered me, it was an empty feeling.
“The Washington Nationals and everyone involved has been absolutely phenomenal. It’s something that I will remember for long time. I certainly enjoyed my time. Now, I have to focus on moving forward and helping the Minnesota Twins.”
Capps said he spoke to Twins manager Ron Gardenhire and there wasn’t any indication if Capps was going to be the team’s closer. Right-hander Jon Rauch is currently the ninth-inning person.
With Capps gone, the Nationals will split the closer’s duties between Sean Burnett, Tyler Clippard and Drew Storen. Clippard and Storen were setup men, while Burnett was a situational lefty before the trade.
“I think that we have a lot of guys who are capable of filling Matt’s shoes,” Clippard said before the trade. “Matt as done well this year and meant a lot to our team. You don’t want to see him go.”
Ask if he and Storen could do the job as a closer,” Clippard said, “I think so. No doubt. I know Drew did it in the past in college. Myself, I feel I got a little taste of it earlier in the year. I got a save. I feel it would be role I would want to try to take over and see if I could do that.”
The Nationals are hoping to have Ramos, 22, for long time. The Nationals get one of the best catching prospects. He made his Major League debut this year for Minnesota and was 8-for-27 [.296] with an RBI.
Before the trade, Ramos was currently playing for Triple-A Rochester, hitting .241 with five home runs and 30 RBIs. Ramos will most likely go to Triple-A Syracuse.
The Nationals are in need of catching depth because Jesus Flores has missed the entire season because of a right shoulder injury and there isn’t a timetable on when he will return to the big leagues. He has dealt with this injury since May of 2009 when he was hit by foul tip off the bat of D-backs outfielder Chris Young.
Washington’s other catching prospect, Derek Norris, has also missed a lot of time because of injuries. He still needs to work on his game behind the plate.
As for Testa, he is a reliever and was a combined 2-5 with a 5.86 ERA for Class A Fort Myers and Double-A New Britain.
According to MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo, Testa, 24, has a fastball-cutter combination with some success. In his career, he’s got a 10.7 strikeout-per-nine ratio, with 196 K’s in 165 total innings.