Of all he learned from his brutal rehab, Ramos said he understands now that he needs to dedicate himself harder to training. The 6-foot catcher still weighs 250 pounds, but has replaced fat with muscle and looks leaner this spring. If Ramos lost weight, doctors reasoned, his rehab would be easier.
“In previous seasons, I wasn’t a player that was fully dedicated to working out,” he said. “I did my work on the field and for me that was enough for me. But after my injury, I see that’s not the case. You have to work hard to avoid injuries.”
Determined to be a regular
Ramos has grand goals for this season. He wants to play opening day, play every day, guide the pitching staff, put up solid numbers, improve his defense and help the Nationals reach the playoffs. In fact, being on the field with his teammates during the playoffs is a goal he mentions often.