WASHINGTON -- Wilson Ramos' wife, Yeli, gave birth to the couple's first child, a baby girl, on Tuesday morning in Washington, manager Matt Williams said. Ramos began his three-day paternity leave on Tuesday and was with his wife at the hospital.
"He's anxious about it. He's got a number of family members in town. So he's excited and nervous and I'm sure he didn't get any sleep last night. But everybody seems to be fine," Williams said. "Everybody's recovering. So we'll see how it goes from here. But I'm sure he's very proud today."
Williams wouldn't confirm whether Ramos would take the full three days before returning to the Nationals. For now, the team will take it day by day.
In the meantime, catcher Sandy Leon was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse and took Ramos' spot on the 25-man roster. Leon is well acclimated with the Major League team, considering he served as the backup catcher during Ramos' two stints on the disabled list this season -- one for 32 games in April because of a left hamate fracture and the other for 14 games in June with a right hamstring strain.
Leon said it's difficult to transition from playing every day in the Minors to taking on a bench role in the big leagues, but he spends a lot of time in the batting cage to maintain his timing and stay sharp.
"It's kind of hard," Leon said. "But you've just got to keep working, do your routine and just be ready."
Daniel Popper is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less