Ramos sits out finale with sore hamstring

Rays catcher expects to return to lineup in opener vs. A's

Ramos sits out finale with sore hamstring

ANAHEIM -- Catcher Wilson Ramos did not start again Sunday because of a sore left hamstring, but "The Buffalo" is optimistic he'll be back in the lineup Monday when the Rays begin a three-game series against the Athletics in Oakland.

"Just a little bit sore," Ramos said. "Feel better today. Hopefully I'll be in the lineup tomorrow."

Ramos scored from first base on Brad Miller's 10th-inning double Friday night. That turned out to be the winning run in a 2-1 Rays win over the Angels.

Miller's go-ahead RBI double

"It's hard for me to score from first base, but I do my best every single time," Ramos said. "I go out there, I like to play hard no matter what. ... I'm not a fast runner, but, like I say, I try to do my best every time I go out there.

"As soon as he got to the dugout [Friday night], I said, 'Hit a homer next time, I don't want to score from first.'"

Ramos caught the bottom of the 10th, but he did not play Saturday and he was out again Sunday.

"It's better to miss just two games than miss nine months like before," said Ramos, who had offseason knee surgery and did not join the Rays until late in the first half after undergoing an extensive rehab.

When asked how he planned to handle Ramos' soreness, Rays manager Kevin Cash answered: "Hopefully, I don't have to worry about it. Once he feels good, he'll be back to playing."

Cash said he'd check with the veteran catcher before starting him on Monday, but he added: "I'm hopeful of that also."

Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.