Nationals’ catcher Wilson Ramos tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during last night’s game against the Reds, a loss that adds to the increasing number of injuries the Washington organization has been forced to deal with this season. An MRI confirmed the injury and Ramos will undergo surgery in the coming weeks. He is likely to miss most, if not all, of the remainder of the season.
Ramos suffered the injury during the seventh inning of last night’s game, chasing after a ball that got away from him behind the plate. His knee appears to buckle, possibly due to a cleat getting caught the wrong way in the turf, and he collapsed in a heap in obvious pain. It was immediately evident that the injury was potentially severe, but the extent was not known until earlier this morning.
As reported earlier, Sandy Leon has been recalled from Double-A to replace Ramos on the active roster. He’s expected to backup Jesus Flores, who’ll assume the everyday starting duties. Washington has one other catcher currently on the 40-man roster, Jhonatan Solano, but he’s currently on the Triple-A DL.