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Ramos has setback in recovery from hamstring strain

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DENVER -- In the next week or so, the Nationals' lineup should start to resemble the one that made them a World Series favorite, but one missing face will be that of catcher Wilson Ramos.

Nationals manager Davey Johnson said Ramos' recovery from a strained left hamstring took another step back Monday during the first-to-third drill, where a coach hits a ball into right field and the runner tries to run from first base to third base.

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DENVER -- In the next week or so, the Nationals' lineup should start to resemble the one that made them a World Series favorite, but one missing face will be that of catcher Wilson Ramos.

Nationals manager Davey Johnson said Ramos' recovery from a strained left hamstring took another step back Monday during the first-to-third drill, where a coach hits a ball into right field and the runner tries to run from first base to third base.

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Johnson said it is now a "long shot" that Ramos will be back in the lineup before the All-Star break in mid-July.

Ramos, who has been on the disabled list since May 15, was making significant improvement before the recent setback, according to Johnson.

"Last report I got was that he felt a lot better and he was still doing some stretching and whatever," Johnson said.

Injuries have plagued Ramos' career, as the 25-year-old played in only 25 games last year after tearing the ACL in his right knee.

Ian McCue is an associate reporter for MLB.com.

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