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Wilson Ramos needs surgery to repair torn ACL in right knee

May 13, 2012, 9:58 AM EDT

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The MRI results are in for Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos, who was removed from Saturday’s 2-1 win over the Reds after twisting his right knee while fielding a passed ball. And it’s not good news.

According to Amanda Comak of the Washington Times, a spokeswoman for Ramos revealed Sunday morning that the 24-year-old backstop needs surgery to repair a torn ligament in his knee. The Nationals haven’t chimed in yet with any sort of confirmation, but the procedure will likely be of the season-ending variety.

Ramos, the survivor of a kidnapping this offseason in his native Venezuela, was batting .265/.354/.398 with three home runs in 96 plate appearances this year. The Nationals will turn to Jesus Flores in his absence.

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UPDATE, 10:35 AM: The Nats have announced that Ramos has a torn ACL. He’s likely done for 2012.

  1. recoveringcubsfan - May 13, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    Well, nuts.

    As well as the young Nats have played, surely no team can withstand the loss of bats like Morse, Werth, and now Ramos. One more injury, plus the sub-par play of Harper, Lombardozzi, and Espinosa thus far, and this team could take a steep dive.

    • ocho - May 13, 2012 at 11:19 AM

      Luckily for the Nats, their farm system is light years ahead of where it was just a few yrs ago and they have been able to call guys up as replacements as opposed to trading for or inking washed up bums to fill in. Flores was seen as the franchise catcher before his shoulder injury so we will see what happens there, also interested to see what Sandy Leon brings to the table…

  2. mybrunoblog - May 13, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    First he gets kidnapped, now he blows out his knee? Poor bastard. I don’t think I would get on a plane with this guy considering the way his luck is running.

  3. deathmonkey41 - May 13, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    That dude is just not having a good year.

  4. randygnyc - May 13, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    Tough break. He’ll come back better than ever.

    In the meantime, the nats are still a powerhouse, compared to the impotent phillies.

  5. fmlizard - May 13, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    Someone forgot to tell his fate that he ain’t in Minnesota anymore.

  6. Utley's Hair - May 13, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    Rough year for Ramos. I hope this doesn’t mean any long term damage or anything, since catchers tax their knees more than anybody else.

  7. watermelon1 - May 13, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    Somebody call PUDGE! This is a team that could go all the way, if their catcher can call the games correctly. Pudge’s ability to throw runners out doesn’t hurt either, and his bat might not be as consistent anymore, but it’s definitely not bad enough to classify as a liability.

  8. nvandy42 - May 13, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    Id still take Wilson Ramos with a blown ACL over Matt Capps any day… Damn you Twins!

  9. mungman69 - May 13, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    Washington Nationals lead all of baseball in most pitching categories. How much this has to due with the catcher we shall see. Tough year for Ramos. Things can only get better.

  10. randygnyc - May 13, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    Watermelon, pudge didn’t look good at his retirement presser. His face looked bloated. Definitely significant weight gain. I’d say he’s nowhere near baseball shape. (and yes, one of the greatest catchers of all time, offensively and defensively). But that’s just father time, kickin’ ass.

  11. caps247 - May 13, 2012 at 5:00 PM

    Ouch, the Nats are still plagued by injuries. At least they are still winning.

    I agree, things can only get better at this point.

  12. whiteqbs - May 13, 2012 at 11:40 PM

    Atleast he didn’t hit himself in the head with a bat, so he’s got that going for him. It’s only a matter of time before the Nats regain their normal spot in the division. Now they have their excuse why.

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