The Tampa Bay Rays knew what it was getting into when they signed catcher Wilson Ramos to a two-year deal coming off a torn ACL. The team knew he was going to be out awhile, but it’s unclear if they knew how long.
Ramos might not be able to play with the Rays until July, MLB.com reported Monday. Ramos might not be able to catch until August.
“Ramos, we’re going to learn as he goes along,” Rays senior vice president of baseball operations Chaim Bloom said. “We know he’s going to be longer. We’ve talked about it before. We don’t exactly know when. … We knew when we signed him he’s got very high expectations for when he’ll be back, and that’s great.
“He has worked his tail off trying to get back on the field. And he’s very motivated. Really wants to make an impact. We’re not going to hold him back, we just don’t want to do anything that’s going to jeopardize his health.”
As for the Rays’ contingency plan, Tampa Bay is projected to start Curt Casali to open the season.