The Washington Nationals are in the midst of a season-best run over the past two weeks or so, but they’ll have to continue the strong play without catcher Wilson Ramos.
Ramos, who missed five weeks earlier this season after undergoing hamate bone surgery, will now miss about 15 days with a Grade-1 hamstring strain that he suffered on Tuesday night. Manager Matt Williams announced that Sandy Leon will be called up to take Ramos’ spot on the roster, via the team’s official Twitter account:
#Nats C Wilson Ramos will be placed on the 15-day DL w/Grade 1 right hamstring strain. Sandy Leon recalled from Triple-A, per Matt Williams.
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) June 12, 2014
Jose Lobaton is the starting catcher for Wednesday night’s game against the San Francisco Giants, though Leon will likely also take regular at-bats in Ramos’ stead.
The 26-year-old was hitting well in 24 games (92 at-bats) this season. He owns a line of .261/.314/.370 with one homer and 11 RBI. The Nationals will need to find ways to continue scoring runs without him in the lineup for the next two weeks.