Ramos’ torn ACL is latest debilitating injury to Nationals

Catcher will need knee surgery, could miss rest of season

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The Nationals called up Sandy Leon, 23, from Double-A Harrisburg to serve as the second catcher. Leon, a touted receiver who also is from Venezuela, was named the best defensive catcher in the Carolina League in 2011 by Baseball America. He is widely considered the Nationals’ best prospect at the position.

The switch hitter hit .319 with a .356 on-base percentage and .457 slugging percentage in 27 games. He hit 10 doubles, walked four times and struck out 10 times in 94 at-bats.

“I just talked to [Ramos] in the training room,” Leon said. “I feel bad for him because he’s from Venezuela, and he’s my friend. It’s bad for him, but it’s good for me.”

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