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Wilson Ramos to see hand specialist after injury

Mar 31, 2014, 4:51 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Not so fast, apparently. Nationals manager Matt Williams just told Chase Hughes of CSNWashington.com that X-rays on Ramos’ injured hand came back negative, which contradicts Wagner’s earlier report of a fracture. However, he’ll go for a second opinion from a hand specialist.

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Wilson Ramos‘ bad injury luck continues, as James Wagner of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals catcher exited the season opener with a broken bone in his left hand.

Washington made catching depth a priority during the offseason, adding several low-cost veterans before later acquiring Jose Lobaton from the Rays. No word yet on how long Ramos is expected to be sidelined, but Lobaton figures to take over as the primary backstop.

Ramos missed all of 2012 with a knee injury and was limited to 78 games last season with hamstring problems.  In between all the injuries he’s been very good, hitting .270 with a .770 OPS through age 25.

  1. stabonerichard - Mar 31, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    Hope it turns out less than the initial concerns. Ramos can mash… when he’s been able to stick in the lineup.

  2. ch0psuey - Mar 31, 2014 at 6:10 PM

    broke my right hand near the pinkie when I was 24. Never been the same since. Have a small titanium plate in there, cant take more than 10 swings before it starts acting up.

  3. insidefastball - Apr 1, 2014 at 12:47 AM

    The Nats are off to another terrific start

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