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"We decided it was better [to have it] now than later," Baker said. He then jokingly added, "He will be able to hit now."
Ramos took batting practice at Space Coast Stadium on Wednesday, but he didn't go to Port Charlotte, Fla., to play the Rays. Ramos is coming off a disappointing offensive season after hitting .229 with 15 home runs and 68 RBIs. But he was a finalist for the National League Gold Glove Award, which went to Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina.
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.