CLEVELAND -- According to manager Davey Johnson, outfielder Bryce Harper and catcher Wilson Ramos suffered minor setbacks recently.
Harper was able to exercise his lower body, but developed puffiness in his left knee. The team is not concerned about the knee at this point, according to Johnson.
The Nationals are hoping that Harper can begin baseball activities sometime next week. Harper has been on the disabled list since June 1 because of left knee bursitis. He originally hurt the knee on May 13 after crashing into the right-field wall at Dodger Stadium.
As far as Ramos is concerned, Johnson announced a few days ago that Ramos, on the disabled list because of a strained left hamstring, suffered a setback while running from first to third. But the setback wasn't as bad as the team thought.
The team believes Ramos broke scar tissue in the hamstring area. But that didn't stop Ramos from catching bullpen sessions on Friday.
Johnson is hoping that Ramos can play in a Minor League game by the end of the month.
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashinNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.