Now Commenting On:

Feeling good, Ramos makes back-to-back starts

Feeling good, Ramos makes back-to-back starts play video for Feeling good, Ramos makes back-to-back starts

PITTSBURGH -- Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos started his second straight game against the Pirates on Sunday. It marked the first time that Ramos has played consecutive games this season.

Manager Davey Johnson has been cautious with Ramos before Sunday because the backstop suffered a serious right knee injury last year and missed most of the season. He also had a left hamstring injury last month.

Ramos said he was happy to see his name in the lineup for the second consecutive day. Entering Sunday, the Nationals were 7-2 when Ramos starts. He recently went to Johnson and told him that he was ready to play in back-to-back games. For most of the season, Ramos has been splitting time with Kurt Suzuki.

"I was waiting for this moment," Ramos said. "It's a long season. I know the manager didn't want me [to play back-to-back games] because of my knee and hamstring. But they feel good right now. I went to him a couple of days ago [and told him] that I'm feeling fine. My leg feels strong. I'm ready to go, I'm ready to play in back-to-back games. I want to help the team win. That's what I want to do."

On Saturday, Ramos -- stuck in an 0-for-17 slump -- singled in the sixth inning to drive in two runs and tie the score at 4.

"When we get into a slump, hits like that make me happy," Ramos said. "You have to keep working hard, keep your head up and try to help the team."

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.

Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español