New Phillies Catcher Ramos Begins Rehab Assignment
While the Phillies offense has been very quiet as of late - getting shut out in back-to-back games, they should be getting help soon. The day that the Phillies added left-handed bat Justin Bour to the roster, the Phillies announced that catcher Wilson Ramos will begin his rehab assignment. Ramos will start for the Clearwater Threshers on Saturday night.
Ramos was placed on the disabled list with a pulled hamstring on July 18, just before he was to appear in the MLB All-Star Game. Ramos was elected to be a starter before being replaced in the lineup by Salvador Perez after the injury. Ramos is batting third for the Threshers in his first appearance since.
Players may stay in a rehab assignment for as many as 20 days, meaning Ramos must be activated by the end of August. That will be just in time for roster to expand on September 1. But the Phillies could choose to option Andrew Knapp, and as long as it is fewer than 20 days (and more than the minimum 10 days), the Phillies could bring Knapp back September 1 and hold on to a player option for next year.
Ramos will be a welcome addition to the Phillies lineup. Ramos was batting .297 with 14 home runs and an OPS of .834. That OPS number would second only to Rhys Hoskins in the current Phillies lineup. Ramos batted cleanup for the Tampa Bay Rays in his last start before the injury.