Nationals’ Ramos Out 4-5 Weeks After Hamate Bone Surgery
Bill Ladson of MLB.com reported Wednesday that Washington Nationals’ catcher Wilson Ramos would miss at least four to five weeks after having surgery on his left hamate bone. Ramos’ injury occurred during his seventh inning at bat against the New York Mets. Apparently, Ramos injured the bone as he fouled off a pitch from the Mets’ Dillon Gee.
According to Nationals bench coach Randy Knorr, Ramos originally suffered the injury a week prior in a spring training game. Ramos played through the pain, but the re-aggravation was too much to bear. Backup catcher Jose Lobaton will start in Ramos’ place, and the team called up catcher Sandy Leon from AA Harrisburg (Eastern League).
Ramos tweeted an update to his situation later Wednesday:
Thank you to all of you surgery went will . I will be back soon with the arms up. The búfalo love you all.
— Wilson Abrahan Ramos (@WRamosC3) April 2, 2014
This is a tough blow for a Washington team hoping to get off to a stronger start than they did in 2013. Ramos was expected to be a run producer in the middle of the batting
order, and was counted on for continued improvement in handling the pitching staff. Neither Lobaton nor Leon will provide the offense a healthy Ramos would. As long as they handle the catch-and-throw duties competently (and no other front-line hitters get injured), Washington shouldn’t have to panic or chase after a stopgap solution behind the plate.
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