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Latest Wilson Ramos Items
The Nationals released veteran catcher Chris Snyder, a move that leaves them with 33 players remaining on their spring training roster.
Bryce Harper and Wilson Ramos both hit mammoth home runs in the first inning, and the Washington Nationals beat the Houston Astros 8-5 Friday.
Harper, who said he has felt no pain in his surgically-repaired left knee this spring, hit a two-run homer off Astros starter Brett Oberholtzer in the first inning.
Nationals catchers are learning on the fly how to adapt to MLB's new rule that prohibits collisions and blocking the plate.
The Nationals' five Venezuelan players are preoccupied right now, worried about their families amid political unrest and violence back home.
The Nationals opened spring training on Thursday by trading right-handed pitching prospect Nathan Karns to the Tampa Bay Rays for reserve catcher Jose Lobaton.
Washington has signed Koyie Hill to a minor-league contract, adding another veteran catcher to compete to be Wilson Ramos' backup.
Wilson Ramos proved a highly productive catcher after returning from injury in 2013. Now the Nationals hope he can do it over a full season.
The Nationals believe Wilson Ramos can catch 125 or more games in 2014, leaving them less interested in acquiring a veteran backup.