DENVER — Wilson Ramos suffered another setback in his rehab from a strained left hamstring, manager Davey Johnson said Wednesday. It’s now unlikely that the Washington Nationals’ catcher is able to return to the active roster before the All-Star break.
“I think it would be a longshot if we get him back before the All-Star break,” Johnson said.
Ramos, who had been feeling extremely good about how he’d progressed and was upbeat during the previous Nationals’ homestand, was doing drills as part of his rehab in Viera, Fla. when his hamstring tightened up again.
During a drill on Monday in which he ran from first base to third, the catcher had to pull up, Johnson said.
Ramos has been out since May 15, when he strained his left hamstring for the second time in the young season.
Johnson likened the issue to the one Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp dealt with in 2012, when he returned from a hamstring strain in the minimum amount of time, only to re-injure it and see it cost him a much larger chunk of his season.
“Normally something like that takes two weeks,” Johnson said. “Then it goes to six. If you re-injure it on the second time, it’s like three months.”
It bears repeating what a rotten stretch of luck the Nationals’ slugging catcher has had. Between enduring a harrowing kidnapping episode in Nov. 2011, working for almost a year to return after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus in his right knee, and now the third recurrence this season of an issue with his left hamstring.
“He’s a rough couple of years here,” Johnson said. “We love him. We need him back. And we want him healthy.”