SAN DIEGO — The Washington Nationals placed catcher Wilson Ramos on the disabled list Thursday afternoon with a left hamstring strain and recalled Jhonatan Solano from Triple-A Syracuse.
Ramos aggravated the strain in his left hamstring that kept him on the disabled list for 15 days in April when he doubled to center field on Wednesday night. He hit a hard single to left in his next at-bat, but ran very gingerly down the first base line and was immediately removed from the game.
“It’s better than yesterday,” he said Thursday afternoon. “But still sore.”
Ramos was hopeful Wednesday night that he wouldn’t have to go on the DL, but he understood that the team can’t go for very long with only one catcher on the roster. He is expected to return to D.C. in the next day or so to see Nationals medical director Wiemi Douoguih, have an MRI done and begin rehab.
He will be eligible to return from the disabled list on May 31 when the Nationals travel to Atlanta and he was optimistic that he may only need the minimum 15 days.
“I think so,” Ramos said. “I think it will take the same time as the first one, 15 days, maybe less. I don’t know yet.”
Manager Davey Johnson was a bit less optimistic, though, and will be extra cautious with the catcher, being that this is his second strain of the hamstring in about a month’s time.
“Hopefully it hasn’t caused him any more damage than the other one did,” Johnson said. “(But) it’ll be at least two weeks, maybe three.
“I thought we were by it. I was just catching him every other day for about 10 days. I wanted to help him get his timing right by playing him three games in a row, and he made it 1 ½. I thought everything about him was looking awful good.”
Ramos, who may be among the most unlucky players in the major leagues, was at a loss to figure out why he’s begun to have trouble with his hamstring — especially this year, after he worked extremely hard to remake his body in the offseason and came to spring training leaner and more athletic and agile.
“I don’t know,” Ramos said. “Especially these two weeks I was working a lot with my hamstring getting itstronger. I don’t know what happened. I was feeling very good yesterday before the game. I don’t know. Maybe because I hurt the other leg when I got surgery last year, I put more pressure on this leg? … Just unlucky.”
Solano, who is 1-for-6 in three games with Washington this season hit .167 (8-for-48) with two doubles, two walks and three runs scored in 12 games this season with Triple-A Syracuse. The 27-year-old is hitting .293 (12-for-41) with three doubles, two home runs, six RBI, two walks and six runs scored in 15 career games with the Nationals.
He returned from his own injury just in time to get the call to the major leagues.
Solano had been on the disabled list at Triple-A Syracuse for about a week after he sprained his right ankle sliding into an opposing catcher at home plate in an attempt to score a run. He was just activated on Wednesday, and he’d only just returned home from the game when he got the call that he was needed in the major leagues again.