Ramos, Pudge likely to platoon at catcher

Ramos, Pudge likely to platoon at catcher

WASHINGTON -- Nationals manager Jim Riggleman said that catchers Ivan Rodriguez and Wilson Ramos will most likely platoon behind the plate, with the hope of Ramos becoming the starting catcher by the second half of next season.

Ramos, a highly touted prospect, was acquired from the Nationals last July in a trade that sent closer Matt Capps to the Twins. Ramos is currently holding his own in a platoon with Rodriguez, hitting .275 with a homer and four RBIs entering Wednesday's action.

What this news means for Jesus Flores is unknown. He is currently playing in the Instructional Leagues, and so far doesn't have any problems with his right shoulder, which has forced him to miss almost two seasons.

"Pudge will be here for sure," Riggleman said. "Ramos will come to Spring Training with an opportunity to be with Pudge. As the season would go, the hope would be that Ramos would get more and more playing time as the season goes next year and evolve into the No. 1 guy.

General manager Mike Rizzo said recently that he considers Flores a full-time Major League catcher, but it appears it will not happen in Nationals uniform.