Wilson Ramos on course to return for Nationals by July 4

Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos is close to a major league return and could be back with the team within a week, according to MLB.com's Tom Schad. Ramos is already catching bullpen sessions at the team facility in Florida as he works his way back from a hamstring injury, with manager Davey Johnson hopeful that Ramos will be back with the team by July 4th.

The plan is for Ramos to play some games in Florida on Thursday or Friday before heading out on a minor league rehab assignment. He is further along than he was when he experienced his last setback, aggravating the hamstring while running first-to-third drills on June 12th.

Kurt Suzuki's .205/.280/.305 line in 56 games is the major reason why the Nats have just a .595 OPS from the catcher spot, third worst in baseball. He also has just 2 home runs, the same amount as Ramos, who has played just 14 games. Suzuki was never meant to play this many games but with Ramos' injury problems, the Nats have had to rely on him much more than they expected at the start of the season. Ramos has a .267/.331/.432 line for his career, obviously a major upgrade over what Suzuki is offering.

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