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Wilson Ramos is nearing his Rays debut

The veteran catcher has resumed catching duties as he rehabs from off-season surgery

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Wilson Ramos is inching closer to making his Rays debut as he has resumed catching activity for the first time since tearing his ACL last September. The Rays placed Ramos on the 60-day DL at the beginning of the season, so he’ll be eligible to be activated on June 1st. With that date nearing, Wilson Ramos is getting closer to beginning a rehab assignment.

The Rays surprisingly signed the veteran catcher in the off-season to a two year deal. Ramos was expected to receive a rather large pay day as he had a breakout year in 2016 but as the season was coming to a close, he tore his ACL and required surgery that would sideline him for part of the 2017 season, allowing the Rays to swoop in and sign him.

Ramos is still in the early stages of his actual on field rehab process, as he hasn’t actually started to catch bullpens yet and is still only hitting off a tee instead of live batting practice. He hopes though to progress to live bullpens over the coming days.

When Ramos returns, the Rays will have a roster crunch, especially if they try to work him in slowly behind the plate and give him DH time but as Kevin Cash says "We're a long way from having to make those decisions."