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Wilson Ramos exits game with serious-looking knee injury

May 12, 2012, 10:24 PM EDT

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Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos got a cleat caught in the ground while attempting to field a passed ball in the seventh inning Saturday against the Reds, causing his right knee to twist in an unnatural way.

Ramos kept all weight off the knee as he was carried — by a trainer on each side — into the road-team clubhouse at Cincinnati’s Great American Ballpark.

It looks like another tough blow to the Nats offense, which is currently without Jayson Werth and Michael Morse, and was absent Ryan Zimmerman and Adam LaRoche at different points earlier this year.

Ramos, 24, hit his third home run of the season in Saturday’s 2-1 win and is batting .265/.354/.398 with 10 RBI through 25 games played. He survived a¬†kidnapping¬†in his native Venezuela back in November.

Jesus Flores entered Saturday’s game in place of Ramos and will fill in for however long he is out.

  1. recoveringcubsfan - May 12, 2012 at 10:44 PM

    Really tough break. Ramos was an underappreciated part of the offense. Flores is good defenseively, so it’s not as though the Nats will scuffle too badly if Ramos misses a lot of time. Last year they had Derek Norris on the farm, too; who would have thought they would possibly miss him?

    Rodriguez looked great closing tonight. Just an aside, but I wonder what Storen’s duties will be when he gets back.

    • jimbo1949 - May 12, 2012 at 10:58 PM

      Rodriguez is a Jekyl and Hyde. He can walk the bases loaded and get shelled, or strike out the side on 10 pitches like he did tonight. Storen is more reliable, should get his job back.

  2. gfyalbert33 - May 13, 2012 at 12:31 AM

    This is the best team D.C. Has fielded in some time. They will be even more fun to watch healthy. Watch out NL East.

  3. kkolchak - May 13, 2012 at 12:46 AM

    What’s amazing is that the Nats have suffered an incredible run of major injuries to key contributors (Morse, Storen, Zimmerman, Lidge, Werth and now Ramos)…yet they just keep winning. It tells you not only just how good their starting pitching has been, but just how important having great starters is to winning.

  4. kinggw - May 13, 2012 at 1:24 AM

    Hope its just a bad sprain. Good thing Rizzo hadnt dealt Flores.

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