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Wilson Ramos (hand) took five light swings Friday.

It's the first time he's swung a bat since hamate bone surgery on April 2. Although Ramos said he didn't feel any pain, his left wrist remains weak (which is no surprise). He's expected back with the Nationals in mid-May.

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Wilson Ramos had the stitches removed from his surgically-repaired left hand on Tuesday.

Ramos, who underwent hamate bone surgery on April 2, can now begin doing basic rehab exercises. The hope is that he'll be ready to rejoin the Nationals' active roster around mid-May, though hamate bone injuries are notorious for sapping power in the short term and Ramos no longer carries nearly as much attraction as a fantasy option in standard redraft leagues.

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Wilson Ramos (hand) will begin exercises next week.

Making his way back from hamate bone surgery, Ramos is wearing a bandage on the bottom of his left hand and still needs to have stitches removed. He's expected to miss 4-8 weeks, though Nationals manager Matt Williams thinks the catcher will return on the short end of that timetable.

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Nationals placed C Wilson Ramos on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured left hamate bone.

Ramos underwent successful surgery on Wednesday to remove the bone. The Nats think he could return in 4-5 weeks, but is might take longer than that. Sandy Leon has been recalled to take Ramos' spot on the roster, and he'll serve as Jose Lobaton's backup.

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In a radio interview Wednesday, Nationals manager Matt Williams confirmed that Wilson Ramos will undergo hamate bone surgery on his left hand.

Williams expects his catcher back in 4-5 weeks, which would be on the short end of most hamate bone surgery recoveries. The Washington Post had previously reported that Ramos would be sidelined for 4-8 weeks. Regardless, the Nats will be without their catcher for a while, and those coming back from hamate surgery often experience a power drop-off after they return. Jose Lobaton will handle the bulk of the catching duties while Ramos is out.

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James Wagner and Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post report that Wilson Ramos will miss the next 4-8 weeks after undergoing hamate bone surgery on his left hand Wednesday.

An MRI Tuesday revealed the damage. Ramos will visit specialist Kenneth Means in Baltimore for a final opinion, but the expectation is that surgery is a foregone conclusion. It's a tough blow for the Nationals and for Ramos, who has been snakebit the last few years with injuries. He should return sometime in May, but players coming back from hamate bone surgery often experience a loss in power. Jose Lobaton will handle the catching duties while Ramos is out.

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Nationals bench coach Randy Knorr said during an appearance on 106.7 The Fan on Tuesday that Wilson Ramos first tweaked his left hand last week.

Ramos left Monday's game against the Mets in the seventh inning with an injury to his left hand. Nationals manager Matt Williams said after the game that X-rays came back negative, but we should know more after he visits a hand specialist. For what it's worth, Knorr speculates that it could be a hamate bone injury, which usually requires a lengthy absence and is known to sap a player's power. Fantasy owners will have to hope that it's not nearly that serious.

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Nationals manager Matt Williams said that X-Rays on Wilson Ramos' left hand came back negative.

James Wagner of the Washington Post heard from a source that Ramos suffered a broken bone in his left hand during Monday's game, but that report appears to be premature. The 26-year-old will get a second opinion from a specialist before the next step is decided, so the Nationals will cross their fingers for now.

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James Wagner of the Washington Post reports that Wilson Ramos left Monday's Opening Day contest against the Mets due to a broken bone in his left hand.

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Wilson Ramos went 2-for-3 with a three-run homer as the Nationals beat the Astros 8-5 on Friday.

Ramos should be one of the NL's most productive catchers this year, but because of his injury history and the likelihood that he'll spend much of the season batting seventh, he's not in the same territory as Buster Posey and Yadier Molina as a fantasy property. He's still awfully intriguing, though.