The Washington Nationals were hoping for good news with regards to the state of the left hand of their starting catcher Wilson Ramos on Tuesday. That good news did not come, and in its place came some tough news for one of the favorites in the National League.
According to Adam Kilgore and James Wagner of the Washington Post, Ramos is likely to undergo surgery on Wednesday morning that will keep him out of action four to eight weeks:
After he received a MRI on Tuesday, Ramos will visit specialist Kenneth Means in Baltimore for a final opinion. If Means determiness Ramos needs surgery, as expected, Ramos could miss up to eight weeks and experience diminished power at the plate once he returns.
Hamate bone injuries are common in baseball. Recovery tends to take four to eight weeks. Many players require longer to recapture their power once they return.”
Ramos is coming off a 2013 season in which he showed nice pop. In 303 plate appearances he batted .272/.307/.470 with 16 home runs and 59 RBI. The Nationals will now have to turn to Jose Lobaton and whatever cast of others to get them by until Ramos can return to action and possibly beyond as Ramos eases his way back into game action.
Tough blow for the Nationals.