Update: It’s a torn ACL for Wilson Ramos. He’s done for at least 6 months.
Over the past two weeks, the Washington Nationals have suffered a number of injuries to some of their core players, capped off by the potential loss of all-star catcher Wilson Ramos, who appeared to injure his right knee badly on Monday night.
The Nats await the results of an MRI but fear this could be a serious ACL or MCL injury that will likely wipe out the rest of this season and postseason.
Ramos, 29, who had to be helped off the field by trainers, is batting .307/.354/.497 with 22 homers and 80 RBI for the Nats this season. His loss would be devastating for the team.
”There’s always a level of concern when you lose a guy of that caliber,” Nationals manager Dusty Baker said. ”But that’s why we have the depth that we have. Nobody’s going to feel sorry for you. We’ve just got to next man up.”
The Nationals have already been without the services of second baseman Daniel Murphy for the last eight games, as he remains out with a strained glute muscle. And reigning MVP Bryce Harper injured his thumb on an awkward head-first slide on Sunday. The Nats held their collective breaths until they learned Harper’s thumb was not broken.
The Nationals are playing it safe with them but both are expected to rejoin the lineup as soon as tonight.
“Murphy and Harper look like they are going to be okay for the playoffs. But Willie is a tough man to replace,” said Jayson Werth on Monday. “I hate that expression ‘snake bit,’ but that’s how it feels.”