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Unfortunately, Ramos‘ consecutive-start streak ended Thursday despite him going 5-for-11 with two homers and four RBI in the previous three games. Not that offense is his primary concern, though; he’s more interested in mastering what he considers the biggest part of the job: handling his pitching staff and learning the tendencies of more than 200 batters.

But it’s easier to grow at all aspects of the game - calling pitches, playing defense and stroking line drives - when you’re on the field. The less time he spends on the bench, the better for him and the Nats.

“I don’t feel bad right now because we both play,” Ramos said of himself and his mentor. “I know I’m young and I will get more chances to play every day. But if the manager gives me the chance, I will be ready to play every day, catch every day and help my team.”

That’s an offer Riggleman shouldn’t refuse, considering the Nats’ need for any help available.

Ramos has the potential to advance in leaps and bounds, but we won’t know for certain until he’s given more room to play.

Enough with the baby steps.