Wilson Ramos went on the disabled list after he strained his right hamstring on June 10, but Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com reports that he is expected to rejoin the Nationals as soon as he’s eligible on Thursday.
Ramos went 2-for-7 with a home run and four RBI over two rehab games with High-A Potomac over the weekend and caught seven innings yesterday. The 26-year-old is expected to catch a full nine innings tonight before finishing off his rehab stint tomorrow. He’ll then travel to Chicago to get ready for a series against the Cubs.
Ramos already had a stint on the disabled list this year after requiring hamate bone surgery in early April, so he has only appeared in 24 games. The Nationals will have to cross their fingers that he can stay healthy the rest of the way.
Ichiro Suzuki is now a Mariners employee and, as such, he’s not allowed to sit in the dugout during a game. That’s for coaches and players only.
He knows that, too. Indeed, on the day Ichiro announced his sorta-retirement, he talked about how it was going to be hard not to be down on the field with the other players. He even made a ridiculous joke about how, “[he] can’t say for certain that maybe [he] won’t put on a beard and glasses and be like Bobby Valentine and be in the dugout.”
In related news, this mysterious stranger was seen by an Associated Press photographer in the Mariners dugout during the first couple of innings of the M’s-Yankees game:
No beard, but I guess that joke was not very ridiculous after all. Either way, by the end of the second inning — poof — he was gone.
Obviously, when something interesting like this happens you mustache an expert for their opinion on the matter. To that end, the Associated Press reached Bobby Valentine, who famously did the same thing after an ejection way back in 1999, for comment:
“He was perfect. I never would have known it was him.”
Valentine was suspended for two games and fined $5,000. I’m assuming Ichiro won’t get hit quite as hard given that he wasn’t defying an umpire’s authority, but even if he does have to pay a fine, he’ll likely do so willingly.