Injuries of all kinds are difficult to deal with, especially those that occur during the biggest stretch of the year. Just ask the Washington Nationals, who will be playing without star catcher Wilson Ramos for the remainder of the regular season and the postseason as Ramos recovers from a torn ACL.
Ramos sustained the injury during the Nationals’ 14-4 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday, September 26, while leaping in the air as an attempt to catch a high relay throw from first baseman Ryan Zimmerman. Following his leap, Ramos immediately dropped to the dirt and required the assistance of Nationals trainers to get back on his feet and ultimately exit the playing field. Tests following his departure from Monday’s game revealed the torn ligament, and Ramos is currently waiting for the swelling in his knee to subside before undergoing the surgery, one that often requires a recovery period of over four months.
This is not the first knee injury the 29-year-old has endured in his seven-year career. Back in 2012, Ramos suffered a torn ACL and LCL in his right knee that abruptly ended his season. His current injury may be even more devastating, however, as Ramos is due to hit the free-agent market at season’s end.
In 131 games behind the plate for the Nationals this season, Ramos set career highs in batting average (.307), home runs (22), and RBIs (80) and was named a National League All-Star for the first time. The All-Star figured to be one of the most popular catchers available on the offseason market, one that also includes Matt Wieters, A.J. Ellis, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
To fill the void behind the plate, the Nationals are expected to plug the hole with a platoon of Jose Lobaton and Pedro Severino. Lobation missed nearly a month of the season’s second half with left elbow tendinitis, and Severino has appeared in just thirteen games at the major-league level this season.