Mar 2, 2014; Melbourne, FL, USA; Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos (40) hits an RBI single in the first inning as the Nationals beat the Miami Marlins 10-3 in a spring training exhibition game at Space Coast Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

Wilson Ramos to return to Nationals

The Washington Nationals could use a little pop back in the lineup and a veteran catcher behind the plate, and Wednesday, they’re going to get it.

Wilson Ramos is penciled into the starting lineup for the Nationals’ game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, hitting fifth, behind Adam LaRoche. Ramos, who has been on the disabled list since Opening Day when he suffered a fractured hamate bone in his left wrist, is slated to catch Stephen Strasburg and was actually with the club Tuesday, taking batting practice.

Ramos had made it very clear at the beginning of the season and in Spring Training that his goal was to be able to catch around 120 games, after suffering through two seasons where he played in less than half of the games in each season. In the 78 games he played in last season, Ramos was a handy offensive contributor, posting a .272/.307/.470 slash with 16 homers.

Ramos’ return is dependent on Mother Nature, however, as it has been raining steadily for most of the morning at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.

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