The Washington Times - April 13, 2013, 04:09PM

The Washington Nationals dropped a second consecutive game to the Atlanta Braves on Saturday afternoon, but the most costly loss of the day may have come in the bottom of the eighth inning when Wilson Ramos pulled his left hamstring trying to beat out an infield grounder.

Nationals manager Davey Johnson said Ramos would be reevaluated on Sunday but admitted it’s not the type of injury that you can rush back from.


The team will likely need to place the catcher on the disabled list and summon another from the minor leagues to backup Kurt Suzuki for the interim. Jhonatan Solano appears likely to be that call-up, as he was pulled from the lineup of the AAA Syracuse Chiefs soon after the Nationals game finished.

The injury was quite a tough blow for the Nationals, as well as Ramos, after he’d worked incredibly hard to return from a torn anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus in his right knee suffered last May.

In the process of rehabbing his injury, Ramos remade his body and improved his abilities behind the plate. He slimmed down, made himself leaner, along with more athletic and agile, and had easily been the Nationals’ most heart-warming storyline this season. 

Ramos was also off to an extremely strong start this season offensively. After Saturday’s loss, Ramos was hitting .300 with two home runs and had walked three times.

Now he will have to deal with working through another, albeit far less significant, injury.