Wilson Ramos returned to winter ball action in Venezuela

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Wilson Ramos was in the Aragua Tigers’ lineup last night, returning to Venezuelan winter ball action 13 days after being kidnapped at gunpoint and rescued by police 51 hours later.

Ramos went 0-for-5 as the Tigers’ designated hitter and cleanup man.

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said last week that he supported Ramos’ decision to remain in Venezuela and continue playing winter ball, but Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that the 24-year-old catcher returned to the United States in the meantime to be examined by team doctors.

Ramos was also expected to meet with a specialist for traumatic incidents and according to Kilgore there was extra security in place last night. At no point has Ramos expressed fear of being involved in another abduction, which makes him a whole lot braver than me.

Mariners to hire Tim Laker as their hitting coach

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Greg Johns of MLB.com reports that the Mariners plan to hire Tim Laker as their new hitting coach. He’ll replace Edgar Martinez, who has moved into a different role with the club.

Laker has spent the past spent the past two years as the Arizona Diamondbacks assistant hitting coach. Before that he was a coach and manager in the minor league systems of the Indians and White Sox. He, of course, also spent 11 seasons in the Majors as a catcher, playing for the Indians, Expos, Devil Rays, Pirates and Orioles.