The Washington Times - July 2, 2013, 06:51PM

Wilson Ramos was 0-for-4 on Monday night in catching seven innings for Single-A Potomac but he and his strained left hamstring came through the game fine. Ramos was expected to catch a full nine innings for Potomac on Tuesday — weather permitting — and then serve as their designated hitter on Wednesday.

If all of that goes well, and according to plan, the Nationals are hopeful they’ll get Ramos back for the first time since May 15 on July 4. 


– Right-hander Dan Haren is slated to throw a simulated game on Wednesday afternoon at Nationals Park.

If that goes well, Haren, who has been on the disabled list since June 23 with inflammation in his shoulder, will be on track to return to the Nationals’ rotation soon. Haren is eligible to come off the disabled list on July 8, and he could slot back into the Nationals rotation right around that date.

Rookie Taylor Jordan will start for the second time in Haren’s place on Thursday. 

– Nationals 2012 first-round pick Lucas Giolito will make his 2013 debut for the Nationals’ Gulf Coast League team on Wednesday. He is expected to throw two innings.

Giolito, who underwent Tommy John surgery on Aug. 31, 2012, has been working on the Nationals’ rehab program for the last 10 months. He threw off a mound for the first time since the surgery on May 1 and, it seems, has not had any significant setbacks in the process.

Giolito, 18, was once thought to be a possible No. 1 overall selection in the 2012 draft. He hit 100-mph with his fastball in high school before a strained ulnar collateral ligament cost him much of his senior season and helped him fall to the Nationals at No. 16 overall. 

Even with the surgery, Giolito was ranked the Nationals’ No. 2 prospect by Baseball America after the 2012 season. 

– The Nationals outrighted right-hander Cole Kimball to Triple-A Syracuse on Tuesday, a procedural move that took Kimball off the team’s 40-man roster. There does not appear to be an imminent corresponding move, but it does free up space on the team’s 40-man roster in case of one.

Kimball has not appeared in the major leagues since 2011 as he’s worked to return from surgery to repair his rotator cuff later that summer.