OUTWilson Ramos
C TB
5 days ago

Ramos (knee) is still aiming to return to the lineup as a designated hitter during sometime in May, although he won't rush his rehab to meet this goal, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

Reports earlier in the week suggested that Ramos wouldn't be ready to play at all until July, but the All Star backstop appears to be more optimistic than others in the organization. His timetable will likely become clearer as he progresses further in his rehab process, however, so only time will tell which timetable is more reasonable.

OUTWilson Ramos
C TB
1 week ago

Ramos (knee) will likely be unable to play until July and unable to catch until August, Bill Chastain of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

In December, Ramos said he was a month ahead of schedule and planned to begin working as a designated hitter by May. Evidently, his forecast was a bit off. The 22-year-old signed a two-year deal with Tampa Bay after the best season of his career, but it appears he'll be unable to contribute in the first-half of 2017. Curt Casali and Luke Maile will compete for catching duties out of spring training as Ramos works his way back from ACL surgery.

OUTWilson Ramos
C TB
2 months ago

Ramos (knee) says he is a month ahead of his ACL rehab and plans to beginning working as a designated hitter by early May, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

Declarations of improved health from a player with an injury history as extensive as Ramos' should be taken with a grain of salt, but it's at least encouraging to think he might only a miss a little more than a month at the plate. Per Topkin, the Rays' plan was previously a return in June or July, so this would be a major change. It remains hazy when Ramos would start catching again, but if he's able to reproduce his hitting from last season, he should still carry plenty of value as a DH to the Rays and even more to fantasy owners.

OUTWilson Ramos
C TB
2 months ago

Ramos officially signed with a two-year, $12.5 million dollar deal with the Rays, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

The deal also includes another $5.75 million in incentives, which Ramos won't be able to starting working toward until June at the earliest, due to right knee surgery to repair a torn ACL and two meniscus tears. When healthy, Ramos is expected to provide a sizable boost to a Rays squad that often found runs hard to come by in 2016, given that he's coming off the best all-around season of his career. Before his Sept. 26 injury, the 29-year-old backstop slashed .307/.354/.496 with 25 doubles, 22 homers and 80 RBI over 131 games.

OUTWilson Ramos
C TB
2 months ago

Ramos (knee) agreed to a two-year deal with the Rays on Tuesday, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

Ramos, who tore his ACL and meniscus in October, still has to pass a physical, but the 29-year-old looks set to join the Rays after putting together a career-best season in 2016. Over 133 games, Ramos posted a .307 batting average to go with a stellar .850 OPS, 80 RBI, and 22 home runs. However, because he's rehabbing multiple knee ailments, Ramos may be unavailable to play until June, Bob Nightengale of the USA Today reports.

OUTWilson Ramos
C TB
3 months ago

Ramos's representatives are telling teams he will be back by May as a full-time catcher because the cartilage in his knee remained in tact, the Washington Post's Jorge Castillo reports.

EDGE Analysis

He did not receive a qualifying offer from the Nationals, and his agency is obviously trying to convince teams that they are buying a catcher for 2017 and not a DH. Ramos underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL and meniscus in mid-October, the second time his knee has been operated on, so he is a risky long-term proposition to remain behind the dish. There will likely be at least one team that buys into Ramos as a catcher in 2017, but a return in May still seems pretty optimistic.

OUTWilson Ramos
C TB
3 months ago

Ramos (knee) did not receive a qualifying offer from the Nationals, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

Ramos missed the end of the season due to a tore ACL and meniscus, so it was a no-brainer for the Nationals to avoid paying him millions of dollars for what would likely amount to half a season. Given that this is his second major injury to the afflicted knee, there is a possibility that he won't be able to catch in 2017, which could affect his ability to sign this offseason. However, the 29-year-old's breakout season at the plate will surely attract some teams in dire need of a DH at some point.

OUTWilson Ramos
C TB
4 months ago

Ramos (knee) underwent successful knee surgery Friday to repair his torn ACL and meniscus, Jon Heyman of Today's Knuckleball reports.

EDGE Analysis

The prognosis following the surgery was reportedly as good as it could be, which bodes well for Ramos going forward. He's expected to be back sometime in the middle of the 2017 season, although where he'll be and whether he'll still be able to catch is uncertain at this time.

OUTWilson Ramos
C TB
4 months ago

Ramos will undergo surgery Friday to repair his injured ACL and meniscus, MLB.com's William Ladson reports.

EDGE Analysis

It was uncertain if Ramos would need his meniscus repaired in addition to his torn ACL, but it has now been revealed that both issues will be addressed when he undergoes surgery Friday. Ramos will need seven months to recover from the procedure and complete the rehab process -- and likely some time after that to get back into playing shape -- so he may not be ready to play again until around the middle of the 2017 campaign. Where he will return to is uncertain, given that Ramos will be a free agent this offseason and may not be able to catch next season, and possibly beyond, due to his injury.

OUTWilson Ramos
C TB
5 months ago

Given the extent of Ramos' knee injury, he is unsure if he will be able to play in the National League in 2017, MLB.com's William Ladson reports. "Unfortunately this injury... may affect whether I am able to stay with a NL team," Ramos said.

EDGE Analysis

He is expected to have surgery on a torn ACL this weekend, and it's the surgery could also reveal a torn meniscus, which would add to the length of time he will miss. Ramos is going to be a free agent this winter, and it sounds like there is a very real chance that he will be forced to sign with an American League team so that he can be deployed as a designated hitter, at least in 2017. It's unclear whether this means he might be completely done as a catcher, or whether he simply won't be able to catch initially when he returns at some point next summer. Needless to say, his value in dynasty leagues has taken a huge hit because of this unfortunate knee injury.