Ramos targeting May return as DH for Rays but won't rush it
Free-agent signee C Wilson Ramos reported to Rays camp Wednesday saying he is still seeking to return from right knee rehab to action as a DH sometime in May, but won't rush either.
"That's kind of the goal for right now, I've been working really hard towards that,'' Ramos said, via new team interpreter Wendi Tripp.
"But I don't have any particular kind of pressure that I have to be back right then. I really want to follow the therapy and the guide to getting back to healthy to the letter so that that way I'm 100 percent when I come back. I don't want to push myself too far ahead and then fall back behind again in the game. I want to come back healthy and that is the goal.''
Ramos, 29, was having a stellar season with the Washington until being injured Sept. 26, hitting .307 with 22 home runs, 80 RBIs and .850 OPS, and was going to be the top catcher on the free-agent market. Instead he had surgery in October to repair his ACL and two meniscus tears and signed a two-year deal with the Rays that guaranteed him $12.5-million with another $5.75-million available in incentives.