El catcher de los Nacionales de Washington, Wilson Ramos, centro, es abrazado por una amiga en la sede de la policía en Valencia, Venezuela, el sábado, 12 de noviembre de 2011. Ramos fue rescatado dos días después de ser secuestrado. (AP Photo/Lexander Loiza)Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistribu
FILE - Player Wilson Ramos of the Washington Nationals baseball team. According to Kathe Vilera, a spokeswoman for Ramos; Venezuelan League team, the Aragua Tigers, four armed men kidnapped Ramos Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011 from his home in central Venezuela.AP
The alleged kidnappers of Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos are presented to the media in the parking lot of the Venezuela's Judicial Police headquarters in Valencia, Venezuela, Saturday Nov. 12, 2011. Ramos' kidnapping ordeal ended after two days when police commandos rescued him in a flurry of gunfire Friday night. Authorities said they had arrested four of the captors, all of them Venezuelan men in their 20s. A 60-year-old woman and 74-year-old man were also arrested for supplying the kidnappers with food from their home in the area, he said. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos intends to play for his Venezuelan winter league team Wednesday, a week after he was kidnapped in his home country, CSN Washington reported Sunday, citing a family friend of the player.
Ramos was kidnapped last Wednesday at gunpoint in front of his mother's house in Valencia.
He was reunited with his family at home Saturday, hours after he was brought to safety when Venezuelan security forces overcame his captors in the northern mountain region town of Montalban, about 40 miles from where he was taken.
They wanted money, and they said they were not going to hurt me if they got their money. They actually treated me well. They never hurt me. They fed me. They knew who I was and said it was not about hurting me. It was about money.
- Wilson Ramos, Washington Nationals Catcher
CSN Washington, citing a tweet from Ramos' family friend Marfa Mata, reported Sunday that the 24-year-old would make his season debut for the Aragua Tigers on Wednesday night.
In a later interview with MLB.com, Ramos said he would play only if the Nationals allowed it, but he added his preference was to take the field.
"Going back to Venezuela is a decision that the Nationals will have to make," Ramos said. "But I know from now on that the government is going to provide bodyguards for me and my family so something like this never happens again.
"Venezuela is my home, and I think the fans that have supported me and prayed for me deserve to see me play again. I have to show the appreciation for what everyone in my country has done for me."
Ramos also detailed his experience, telling MLB.com he was "super scared" throughout the ordeal.
"Even though they did not hurt me physically, it was something that was very painful," Ramos said. "I didn't think I was ever going to see my family again, and that hurt me so much. But, now, I am with them again and it feels tremendous to be back."
Six people were arrested over the kidnapping, including an older couple who Ramos said gave him food and water while he was being held.
Ramos said he thought some of the people involved were Colombian because of their accents. He also confirmed he was kidnapped for ransom.
"They wanted money, and they said they were not going to hurt me if they got their money," Ramos said. "They actually treated me well. They never hurt me. They fed me. They knew who I was and said it was not about hurting me. It was about money."