- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 7, 2014

The Nationals have added at least one of their injured starters back into the lineup.

Catcher Wilson Ramos, the cleanup hitter on Opening Day in New York on March 31, returns from hamate bone surgery on his left wrist on Wednesday in the series finale against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Ramos appeared to hurt his wrist late in spring training and felt pain again after a swing in that game against the Mets before being pulled from the game. It was a continuation of a rash of injuries that included fourth starer Doug Fister (elbow), third baseman Ryan Zimmerman (broken right thumb) and Bryce Harper (torn left thumb ligament).

Harper is out until at least July and Zimmerman is still waiting for the thumb to fully heal before he can begin a rehabilitation stint. Even outfielder Nate McLouth, who was supposed to play on Wednesday against left hander Dan Haren, the former National, instead sits with a right finger injury he hurt on a sliding catch Monday night.

Ramos, meanwhile, took three at-bats in the opener against the Mets. He will bat fifth against Haren and the Dodgers today. He his .385 with 13 RBI during an impressive spring training and was expected to help boost a Washington offense that struggled in 2013. Now, he’s just considered a key reinforcement to a team that has held its own at the plate despite the injuries. Ramos missed 32 games. 

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