Wilson Ramos: “‘Thanks, Nats fans, for your prayers and your support”

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Wilson Ramos made a brief appearance back at Nationals Park today, meeting with GM Mike Rizzo and undergoing a physical exam.  Ben Goessling has the story here.  Ramos’ statement:

“I just want to say, ‘Thanks, Nats fans, for your prayers and your support,’ ” Ramos said. “I’m happy to be here. I’m happy to be with my family, and see you in spring training.”

He’s heading right back down to Venezuela to finish his winter league season, but the Nats needed to see him in person. Understandable.  Still crazy that all of that happened.

Shawn Tolleson retires from baseball

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Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that reliever Shawn Tolleson is retiring from baseball. The right-hander experienced a setback in his recovery from Tommy John surgery last week.

Tolleson, who turns 31 years old on Saturday, last pitched in the majors in 2016. He had two very good years out of the bullpen for the Rangers in 2014-15, posting an aggregate 2.88 ERA with 145 strikeouts and 45 walks across 144 innings.

Tolleson signed a one-year deal with the Rays in January 2017 before undergoing Tommy John surgery several months later. The Rangers inked him to a minor league contract in December 2017, but he wasn’t able to work his way back.