CINCINNATI — According to Marfa Mata, a spokeswoman for Wilson Ramos, the Washington Nationals’ catcher will require surgery on a ligament in his right knee. The Nationals are expected to address Ramos’ status this morning. Those are the only details available have at this time.
Ramos was helped off the field in the seventh inning Saturday night by two trainers after he turned to field a passed ball and his right knee appeared to buckle beneath him.
Ramos lay on the ground behind home plate for several minutes, wincing in significant pain. The trainers finally got him to sit up and, ultimately, got him to his feet before they helped him off the field. Ramos was putting barely any pressure on his right leg as he left the field.
The Nationals’ catcher was sent for an MRI after the game and the team did not expect to have any concrete results until Sunday morning. But the initial feeling was not a good one.
“I don’t know how bad it is,” said Nationals manager DaveyJohnson after the Nationals’ 2-1 victory over the CincinnatiReds. “But I have a bad feeling he tore something in there and his down time will be a while. We’ll just keep our fingers crossed, but right now it’s not good at all.”
The Nationals are expected to call up 23-year-old catcher Sandy Leon from Double-A Harrisburg for Sunday’s game and Jesus Flores is expected to take over the responsibilities as the starting catcher for the time being.
More information to come.