The Washington Times - June 2, 2012, 02:21PM

Wilson Ramos had surgery Friday to repair the right knee he injured last month, but will need another procedure.

According to Nationals manager Davey Johnson, Friday’s surgery repaired Ramos’ meniscus. But doctors postponed repairing the torn anterior cruciate ligament until it healed more.

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“There was some severe damage in there,” Johnson said before Saturday’s game at Nationals Park. “My heart goes out to him … it’s unfortunate they have to go in and do another one.”

Ever the optimist, Johnson clung to hope Ramos could return this season, despite the seriousness of the injury. After the surgery, Johnson conceded that won’t happen. The manager, however, expects Ramos to be ready for spring training.

In other Nationals medical news:

— Reliever Brad Lidge, on the disabled list since April with an abdominal strain, expects to make three rehabilitation appearances with Hagerstown or Potomac next week. If everything goes well, Lidge thinks he could return by the end of the Boston series that starts June 8.

— Utilityman Mark DeRosa (oblique strain) is close to returning, too, and he could get four at-bats for Potomac in the next couple of days.

— Reliever Ryan Mattheus (plantar fasciitis) still has tenderness in his left foot, Johnson said. That’s the foot he lands with after delivering a pitch. Doctors, Johnson said, are concerned Mattheus could tear ligaments while fielding a ground ball or turning and are using a conservative timetable in his recovery.

Onto today’s lineups, where Michael Morse, finally healthy, hits fifth in his season debut:

Atlanta Braves
Michael Bourn, CF
Martin Prado, 3B
Brian McCann, C
Dan Uggla, 2B
Freddie Freeman, 1B
Jason Heyward, 1B
Andrelton Simmons, SS
Brandon Beachy, RHP
Jose Constanza, LF

Washington Nationals
Steve Lombardozzi, LF
Bryce Harper, CF
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B
Adam LaRoche, 1B
Michael Morse, RF
Ian Desmond, SS
Danny Espinosa, 2B
Jesus Flores, C
Stephen Strasburg, RHP