Beside being good game callers, Ramos and Suzuki can both handle the bat well. Johnson said it will be another week before he lets them play nine innings behind the plate. Johnson admits he wants to see how Ramos handles himself after playing back-to-back games.
He started and hit eighth Wednesday against the Astros, marking the first time he played in consecutive games since last May, when he suffered a season-ending right knee injury. But he has not been limited in camp.
"He has done everything every catcher has done," Johnson said.
Johnson will have Suzuki and Ramos split the remainder of the Grapefruit League games as he continues to consider who will start Opening Day against the Marlins. When they are not in the lineup, Ramos and Suzuki have the option of going to Minor League camp to get at-bats.
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.