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Wilson Ramos made his winter ball debut tonight in Venezuela.
Eleven days after he was rescued from his abductors in Venezuela, Wilson Ramos was back on the diamond in his homeland Tuesday night, playing the game he loves.
Ramos' performance for the Aragua Tigres -- he went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts -- was less than inspiring, but the mere fact he was in the lineup so soon after his harrowing kidnapping more than made up for his lack of production at the plate.
Playing in front of a packed house at Aragua's home ballpark, Ramos hit cleanup and served as designated hitter. He flied out to left to end the first inning, grounded out to end the third, grounded out again to open the sixth, was called out on strikes in the seventh and struck out again swinging in the bottom of the ninth while representing the potential tying run.
Aragua wound up blowing a 4-3 lead in the top of the ninth, ultimately losing 6-4 to La Guaira.
Ramos was cleared to play after a quick trip to Washington late last week, during which team team doctors gave him a physical exam and club officials met with the 24-year-old catcher to ensure he was in a strong enough mental state to return so soon after his abduction.