WASHINGTON -- Nationals right-hander Chien-Ming Wang is expected to have one more rehab start, on Saturday for Triple-A Syracuse, before he is activated from the disabled list.
While the Nationals have not told him what his role would be once he returns to the big leagues, Wang said he is willing to work out of the bullpen as long as the team gives him advance warning so he could prepare. Wang has worked out of the bullpen five times during his career, all coming with the Yankees.
"I would like to try it, and I would like to help," Wang said.
Wang was slated to be Washington's fifth starter, but started this season on the disabled list because of a strained left hamstring. Since then, left-hander Ross Detwiler became the fifth starter and is doing a great job, going 3-2 with a 2.75 ERA in seven starts.
Manager Davey Johnson wouldn't say what role Wang would play, only saying that he considers Wang a starter.
"I look at him as a quality starter," Johnson said.
Ramos vows to return healthy next season
WASHINGTON -- Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos spoke to the media at Nationals Park on Wednesday. It marked the first time he had spoken publicly since he tore his right ACL going after a passed ball against the Reds this past Saturday.
Ramos said he is out for the rest of the season and hopes to have surgery in two to three weeks, once the swelling in his knee goes down.
The last seven months have not been kind to Ramos. Last November, Ramos was kidnapped in his native Venezuela. Ramos, who was playing for Tigres de Aragua in Venezuela's winter league, was taken from his home in Santa Ines by four armed gunmen.
On Saturday, Ramos suffered the knee injury in the seventh inning as he chased after a ball that had ricocheted off his glove on a pitch from Jordan Zimmermann.
"It was very, very bad for me. I feel down," Ramos said. "I will have a good rehab. After that, I'm going to come back and play. ... I will not come back for this season, but I will be good for next season."
Ramos plans to recover in the D.C. area and hopes to have his parents take care of him. He said he does not want to go back to Venezuela to recover from his knee injury.
Ramos wasn't the only catcher on the Nationals who suffered an injury. Two days after Ramos went down, Sandy Leon sustained a high right ankle sprain and was placed on the 15-day DL.
The Padres had runners on second and third with one out, when Orlando Hudson singled to center field. Yonder Alonso scored easily, but Chase Headley barreled into Leon and scored the third run of the game for San Diego.
"I felt bad for him," Ramos said about Leon.
Storen throws without feeling any pain
WASHINGTON -- Nationals closer Drew Storen, who is on the disabled list after a procedure to remove a bone chip in his right elbow, made 100 throws on flat ground on Wednesday at Nationals Park without feeling any pain.
Storen will have the day off on Thursday and throw again on flat ground on Friday. It's not known when Storen will start throwing off the mound, but he is still projected to play his first Major League game after the All-Star break.
"[The arm] feels different, but it's where it should be," Storen said. "It's going to take time to get back."
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.