This morning, the Nationals officially announced that catcher Wilson Ramos tore his ACL last night in the seventh inning while trying to field a passed ball. An MRI he had last night revealed the injury.
According to his spokeswoman, Marfa Mata, Ramos will undergo surgery to repair the torn ligament. An injury like this usually results in a player missing an entire season.
In an interview with Amanda Comak, Nationals manager Davey Johnson stated that Ramos will most likely be out the remainder of the season.
So where do the Nationals go from here?
Jesus Flores will now be the Nationals number one catcher. In 35 plate appearances this season, Flores is batting .200 with an on base percentage of .256. He has seven hits with one double and four RBI.
In nine starts behind the plate, the teams ERA is 1.39. Flores has caught three runners stealing and has no passed balls or errors.
The Nationals called up Sandy Leon from AA Harrisburg to be the back-up catcher. In 94 at bats, Leon is batting .319 with an on base percentage of .356. He has 30 hits including 10 doubles, one home run, and 12 RBI.
In 26 starts as catcher this season, he's committed two errors and has caught 12 base runners stealing. However, 17 base runners have managed to steal a base against him. Leon has allowed three passed balls.
Wilson Ramos is just another name on the already long list of should-be starters that are on the DL. He joins the likes of Brad Lidge, Drew Storen, Jayson Werth, and Mark DeRosa as players on the disabled list.
Jesus Flores has been a reliable person behind the plate for the Nationals in the past. If he can pick it up at the plate, the Nationals will be just fine and continue their winning ways.
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