The Nationals would like to bring Wilson Ramos along slowly this spring, giving the rehabbing catcher ample time to get his body back into full game shape following ACL surgery.

Ramos, though, continues to push for a heavier workload, and today the Nationals acquiesced. For the first time since he injured his right knee last May, he caught two bullpen sessions, while also taking a full round of batting practice and other drills alongside his catching counterparts.

"He did a lot today," general manager Mike Rizzo said.

Ramos had previously only caught one bullpen session per day, but this morning he squatted behind the plate for both Dan Haren and Ryan Perry. He also blocked pitches in the dirt, a key hurdle he said he wanted to overcome after injuring himself on such a play last season.

"I told him he was only going to catch one, but he wants to be on whatever everyone else is doing," manager Davey Johnson said. "He didn't want to be behind. He said the big test for him was blocking balls and how it felt the next day, and he said it felt great. So he's doing a full workload."