Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos had to leave Monday’s opening day win over the New York Mets after feeling pain in his left hand. Although initial x-rays turned out to be negative, the injury appears to be more serious than first thought.
According to James Wagner of the Washington Post, Ramos fractured a bone in his left hand, and could possibly land on the disabled list – a place where he found himself three different times for the Nationals last season.
The Nats did acquire Jose Lobaton in a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays this offseason, which gives them one option. But Lobaton has never played more than 100 games in a season, so whether or not he’s the long term solution or an everyday player is unclear.
All of this of course hinges on how long Ramos will be on the shelf, if at all.
Catchers are not in great supply right now, and the best option the Nats have in the minors is Jhonatan Solano, who hit just .146 in 48 at-bats last season.
Losing a key player early in the season is never good, but it certainly beats losing one when you are in the middle of a pennant race.