NEW YORK -- Before his team started a three-game series against the Mets, Nationals manager Jim Riggleman indicated that catcher Wilson Ramos will get most of the playing time, while Ivan Rodriguez will spend more time on the bench. Thus far, the two catchers have split time behind the plate.
Ramos has been impressive thus far, going 5-for-14 (.357) with a run scored entering Friday's action. Rodriguez, on the other hand, has been hitless in 10 at-bats.
"As we move forward, Ramos is going to get more and more playing time," Riggleman said. "He is more impressive the more he plays. ... I don't think he is at a point where being a No. 2 catcher is really going to benefit us or him. He is going to move in there and play more and more."
The move to make Ramos the Nationals' No. 1 catcher has been in the works for weeks. There was even talk about Ramos starting on Opening Day. The only tough part was how Rodriguez was going to respond to being benched. Fortunately for the Nationals, Rodriguez took the news well. Rodriguez went so far as to say that he plans to help Ramos become an even better player.
"We knew he could catch and throw," Riggleman said about Ramos. "We heard good things about his hitting. ... There were enough good things that we felt he was not only going to be a good defensive guy, but he is going to hit, also. So far, he has answered that."