Ramos activated from paternity list; Leon optioned

Ramos activated from paternity list; Leon optioned

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals activated Wilson Ramos from the three-day paternity list on Thursday and optioned Sandy Leon to Triple-A Syracuse. Ramos was available off the bench for the team's matinee series finale against the Mets.

The catcher had been on paternity leave since Tuesday, when his wife, Yeli, gave birth to a baby girl in Washington.

During Thursday's pregame news conference, manager Matt Williams said he was hopeful Ramos could make it in time to start in the rubber match at Nationals Park, which explained the skipper's long delay in releasing the lineup.

At the time, Williams said Ramos was waiting at the hospital for doctors to discharge Yeli and the couple's first child. However, it didn't happen in time, and backup Jose Lobaton got the start behind the dish.

Ramos will be on the team flight to Atlanta on Thursday night, and he will be available for the weekend series against the Braves.

Daniel Popper is an associate reporter for MLB.com. He also can be found on Twitter @danielrpopper. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.