Ramos given reprieve after marathon affair

Ramos given reprieve after marathon affair

WASHINGTON -- After playing four consecutive games, Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos was given a rest on Tuesday against the Reds. Jose Lobaton started behind the plate.

Ramos uncharacteristically didn't try to talk manager Matt Williams into letting him play.

After all, Ramos played 15 innings against Cincinnati during Monday's 4-3 loss. Ramos has often said he wants to play in consecutive games in order to get his bat going.

"I feel better when I play every day. That's what I need," Ramos said. "Last year, when I played in 24 games in a row, my bat felt great. I was hitting well. I was more consistent. Every decision that [Williams] makes, I respect it. Right now, I feel good. I'm ready for everything."

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.