3:10pm: The Phillies announced that Ramos has indeed been activated from the disabled list for tonight’s game. Fellow catcher Andrew Knapp was optioned to Triple-A in a corresponding move.
11:58am: The Phillies are expected to activate recently acquired backstop Wilson Ramos in advance of the team’s game today, per Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer (via Twitter). Ramos has been on a rehab assignment at the High-A level.
When they got Ramos from the Rays two weeks ago, the Phils were banking on his ability to recover from a hamstring injury — his latest of many lower leg problems over the years. The fact that he’s already prepared to appear in the majors seems to represent the best-case scenario for the Philadelphia organization.
Following an injury-shortened 2017 campaign, Ramos restored his status as one of the game’s best-hitting catchers over the first several months of the current season. In 315 trips to the plate, he carries a robust .297/.346/.488 batting line with 14 long balls. Still, his mid-season market value was harmed quite a bit by the injury news, opening the door for the Phillies to get him at a discount by taking on the balance of his $10.5MM salary.
The news comes at an opportune moment for the Phillies, who have slipped into a two-game deficit in the division. As Breen notes, the club has struggled to put runs on the board of late, so adding Ramos promises to help. Of course, he’ll also be getting back up to full MLB speed while learning a new pitching staff on the fly, so there will be some challenges as well.