Rays say Wilson Ramos is getting close to returning

04 SEP 2016: Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos (40) prior to the game between the New York Mets and the Washington Nationals played at Citi Field in Flushing,NY. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)
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It appears that Tampa Bay Rays catcher Wilson Ramos is getting closer to making his club debut after suffering a torn ACL as a member of the Washington Nationals last season. On Friday morning, Rays manager Kevin Cash told MLB Network Radio that Ramos is “getting close” and will be catching bullpen sessions while taking batting practice over the weekend.

However, on the other hand, Cash also revealed that infielder Matt Duffy has encountered “a little bit of a setback” and will be reevaluated in Tampa Bay on Friday.

The 29-year-old Ramos originally suffered the aforementioned setback in September of last year while failing to appear in a regulation game as a member of the Rays at this time. Despite the fact that he would begin the 2017 campaign on the sideline, the veteran catcher still managed to land a two-year deal from the Rays back in December.

It is also worth noting that because he is now on an American League ball club, Ramos will more than likely serve as the Rays designated hitter before ultimately returning to his post behind the plate.

Prior to arriving in Tampa Bay this spring, Ramos spent six seasons in our nation’s capital as a member of the Nationals. Even so, he originally began his big league career back in 2010 while splitting that campaign between the Nationals and Minnesota Twins. Last season, Ramos appeared in 131 regular-season games for the playoff-bound Nationals. Over the course of 482 at-bats, he produced a .307 batting average with 22 home runs and 80 RBI to accompany his .354 on-base percentage.

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