DENVER -- In the next week or so, the Nationals' lineup should start to resemble the one that made them a World Series favorite, but one missing face will be that of catcher Wilson Ramos.
Nationals manager Davey Johnson said Ramos' recovery from a strained left hamstring took another step back Monday during the first-to-third drill, where a coach hits a ball into right field and the runner tries to run from first base to third base.
Johnson said it is now a "long shot" that Ramos will be back in the lineup before the All-Star break in mid-July.
Ramos, who has been on the disabled list since May 15, was making significant improvement before the recent setback, according to Johnson.
"Last report I got was that he felt a lot better and he was still doing some stretching and whatever," Johnson said.
Injuries have plagued Ramos' career, as the 25-year-old played in only 25 games last year after tearing the ACL in his right knee.
Ian McCue is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.