Wilson Ramos could begin a rehab assignment this weekend

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The injury bug bit Wilson Ramos yet again earlier this month when he landed on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring, but he’s moving closer to rejoining the Nationals.

Chase Hughes of CSNWashington.com reports that Ramos did sprints at Nationals Park yesterday and took batting practice today. Nationals manager Matt Williams believes that he could begin a minor league rehab assignment as soon as this weekend, which puts him on pace to return when he’s first eligible next Thursday.

Between his recent hamstring injury and hamate bone surgery in April, Ramos has only appeared in 24 games so far this season. There’s little doubt that the 26-year-old has All-Star potential, but injuries have kept him from a true breakout in the majors.

Braves are targeting Dallas Keuchel

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LAS VEGAS — Let’s start our first weekday of the Winter Meetings with some rumors and speculation. We’ll have a good bit of that until, you know, something actually happens.

First up: Dallas Keuchel, the top free agent pitcher remaining on the market. Jon Heyman says the Braves, who are in the market for a starter, are targeting him. In this they are not alone, as the Phillies, who missed out on Patrick Corbin, and the Reds, who would like a pitcher who doesn’t allow a lot of fly balls are each reported to be focused on Keuchel as well. There was a random report that the Blue Jays were interested in him too, but that seems off to me given where they are on their rebuild.

Keuchel, who will turn 31 on New Year’s Day, was 12-11 in 34 starts last year, posting an ERA of 3.74 in 204.2 innings. His peripherals have declined fairly consistently since his Cy Young season in 2015, so the question is whether the team that signs him is paying for his past or for what he might reasonably be expected to provide in the future.