Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos wore a backward hat, shorts and t-shirt as he slowly made his way into the Nationals’ clubhouse on Wednesday. His bag was carefully slung across his body, resting on his back so as to be out of the way of his crutches.
Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals for The Washington Times.
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The Washington Nationals unbelievable run of injuries appears to have taken yet another unfortunate turn. Not even 48 hours after catcher Wilson Ramos tore his right anterior cruciate ligament fielding a passed ball, his replacement on the Nationals' roster, Sandy Leon, had to be helped off the field. UPDATED
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Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos will require surgery to repair a torn ACL in his right knee, a diagnosis that will cost him most, if not all, of the rest of the 2012 season. Nationals manager Davey Johnson said Ramos will be “out for most of the year.”
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.
The Washington Nationals won't know for sure until Sunday morning just how serious the injury is to catcher Wilson Ramos, but in need of an immediate move to have a backup catcher for Sunday's game, the club is planning to give Sandy Leon an opportunity.
The Washington Nationals run of injuries to key position players may have taken another unfortunate turn. Catcher Wilson Ramos was helped off the field Saturday night by two Nationals trainers after he turned to field a passed ball and his right knee appeared to buckle beneath him.