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article imageWilson Ramos to return behind home plate for Nats' 2013 season

By Leigh Goessl     Mar 18, 2013 in Sports
Washington - It's looking like Washington Nationals' catcher Wilson Ramos is back on the roster for the upcoming 2013 season. Ramos was hurt during a game in the early part of the 2012 season that would take him out for the rest of the season.
Ramos arrived in Washington as a rookie player in 2010, quickly making a name for himself down at Nationals Park, eventually moving into the starter catcher position. Ramos missed out most of last season after a knee injury in May 2012 took him out. The season turned out to be a historic season for the Nationals, as the team clinched the NL East first division title.
According to the Washington Post, that was a difficult time for Ramos, wanting so badly to play, but instead needing to go for two surgeries and a lot of rehabilitation for what was a severe right knee injury.
“It was hard seeing everyone on the team giving their all and I couldn’t do it, too,” Ramos had said.
However, it looks like Ramos is back, and reportedly will be on the starting roster. The Post also reported he'll be rotating with his teammate Kurt Suzuki, who the Nats acquired last year from the Oakland A's.
Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos
Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos
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The catchers will seemingly alternate games for the time being.
Reports indicate Ramos is jumping in full speed and is ready to play, so far putting in a strong showing in spring training games.
“I’ve always said things in this life happen for a reason,” the 25-year-old Ramos told the Post. “I’ve always seen them as tests that God gives us each on our path. And I’ve been strong and I’ve done my best to overcome all those bad things. Good things will come and I’m getting ready to receive them.”
Ramos had a tough 18 months. Prior to the 2012 injury, he had been kidnapped while home visiting in Venezuela in the off-season. The November 2011 kidnapping made international headlines. Ramos was found safe two days later.
Six months later, he would get injured while on the field.
“He was one of the real up-and-coming players when he got hurt,” General Manager Mike Rizzo told the Post. “He deserves some good health, and with good health will come good things because he’s that kind of player. . . . He’s still a young kid with a high upside and I don’t think he’s scratched the surface yet.”
Nationals fans can look forward to seeing Ramos back behind the plate this year. The Post reported he's got "grand goals" for the 2013 season.
Hopefully, this season Ramos will meet those goals and more.
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