Elvin Ramirez, the Nationals’ selection in last December’s Rule V Draft, has been returned to the New York Mets according to a team press release (hat tip to MLBTR). The 24 year old hard throwing right-hander never pitched an inning for the Nationals or any of their affiliates after undergoing shoulder surgery. He spent the entirety of the 2011 season on the disabled list which means he would still be subject to Rule V rules (meaning he’d have to be kept on the team’s 25-man roster all year in order to become “property” of the organization) once the 2012 season began. The move is minor as there’s no way to know if Ramirez would have ever developed into a viable pitcher. He’s only thrown 6.2 career innings above High-A and is likely another two seasons away from being MLB-ready.
The only immediate impact is that it removes Ramirez from consideration for the 40-man roster. The team still needs to activate Adam LaRoche and Cole Kimball from the 60-day DL and add them back to the 40-man roster.