RAYS: Ramos comfortable enough to extend rehab outing

By Bryan Levine, SunCoast Sports

Tampa Bay Rays catcher Wilson Ramos is behind the plate while on a rehab assignment for the Charlotte Stone Crabs against the Florida Fire Frogs at Thursday at Charlotte Sports Park (Sun Photo by Tom O’Neill).

PORT CHARLOTTE — Results aren’t necessarily the important part of a rehab appearance.

Injured players more or less mostly focus on how their injury feels. For Tampa Bay Rays catcher Wilson Ramos, Thursday’s rehab start with the Charlotte Stone Crabs was a total success, despite the 0-for-3 line with the bat.

Ramos, who is recovering from offseason ACL surgery on his right knee, was only scheduled to play “three or four” innings, but felt well enough to stretch it to five innings while also getting that third at-bat.

“I told the trainer I was feeling good after three and that I wanted to catch five,” Wilson said. “I was still feeling good, even after that long inning (in the third), so I felt comfortable to go five.”

The rehab appearance for Ramos was his third of the week, and second as a catcher. He will DH again today, and says he feels close to 100 percent.

In a pair of road games, Ramos went 1-for-5, while playing three innings behind the plate on Monday. He had a groundout and two flyouts on Thursday.

“After nine months, it’s not easy to come back and be ready,” Ramos said of his timing at the plate. “I’m just trying to get ready as soon as possible to get back to the big leagues to help my team.”

The 29-year-old has yet to make an appearance with the Rays, who signed him to a two-year deal on Dec. 12.

Ramos was an all-star last season with the Washington Nationals, batting .307 with 25 doubles, 22 homers and 80 runs batted in over 131 games. It was his best season in the majors and earned him a Silver Slugger Award.

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