The Washington Times - July 4, 2013, 11:05AM

The Washington Nationals got another member of their starting lineup back healthy on Thursday as Wilson Ramos was activated from the disabled list and hitting eighth in their July 4 matinee. Jhonatan Solano was optioned to Triple-A to clear space for Ramos on the 25-man roster.

Ramos, who has been out since May 15 with a re-strain of his left hamstring, was excited to be back.


“It was a long rehab for me,” Ramos said. “Not as long as last year, but still long. I’m excited to be back, especially in this moment, with these games and the team hitting the ball. They’re playing good. But for me, I think I can help the team a little bit and I will try to do my best effort to help the team.”

Ramos said it wasn’t until about two weeks ago that he felt he was fully past his hamstring issue, and while he went hitless in a brief rehab stint he felt more than ready to return to the Nationals’ active roster.

Now, it’s just a matter of keeping the idea of getting hurt, again, out of his mind.

“It’s a little bit hard because I’m a little bit scared to get hurt again,” Ramos admitted. “But you know right now I’m mentally 100 percent strong. I don’t want to think about that. I want to go out there and play hard and try to give my best effort.”

Ramos also said he got to enjoy his rehab stint in Viera, Fla., a bit more than usual because his brother, David, is pitching for the Nationals’ Gulf Coast League team.

Manager Davey Johnson said he plans to catch Ramos on Thursday and Friday, so long as he feels up to it.

“The last couple years has been really tough on him, starting from the kidnapping and then twisting his knee on a ball he went to pick up 15 feet behind home plate, and then the hamstring,” Johnson said. “But hopefully he’s good to go and hopefully he won’t have any more problems.”