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.
Update (5:55 PM ET): It’s official. The Mets have optioned Phillip Evans to Triple-A Las Vegas to make room for Bautista on the 25-man roster. Bautista will be available for Tuesday’s game against the Marlins.
SNY’s Andy Martino reports that the Mets are close to a deal with free agent Jose Bautista. This doesn’t come as a surprise, as the Mets were rumored to be interested in him on Monday, a day after the Braves released him.
Bautista, 37, struggled to a .593 OPS in 40 plate appearances with the Braves. He’s coming off of his worst season as a regular, as he hit .203 in 157 games last year with the Blue Jays.
Bautista mostly played in the outfield for the Jays, but played third base for the Braves. The Mets need depth at both third base and in the outfield due to injuries to Todd Frazier, Yoenis Cespedes, and Juan Lagares.
It will be interesting to see who loses their roster spot to accomodate Bautista. I suggested earlier it should be Jose Reyes.