The injury blows keep haunting the first place Washington Nationals. Just a week and half after losing slugger Jayson Werth for twelve weeks from a broken wrist, the Nats suffered another major lineup blow last night as C Wilson Ramos suffered a torn ACL and will reportedly undergo repair surgery. That injury will more than likely sideline Ramos for the rest of the season.
Backup Jesus Flores will assume the starting role behind the plate. Flores has played in 13 games this season and is batting .200 with 4 runs drive in. Flores was once thought to be the future behind the plate until the Nationals lured Ramos from the Minnesota Twins in the Matt Capps trade. Flores is an above average defensive catcher, but the Nats are hoping his bat can add the same pop to the lineup that Ramos provided.
To replace Ramos on the roster, the Nats have called up Double AA catching prospect Sandy Leon. Leon has played in 27games for Harrisburg this season and has posted a promising .319 batting average. He has 10 doubles and 1 home run. He has scored 11 runs and driven in 10.
It is unclear at the moment whether the Nationals plan to stick with Flores and Leon or if they will seekers to acquire another catching veteran. At the moment, Leon will get a backup opportunity. Ed The Nationals have also suffered injuries with slugger Mike Morse, who is not expect to return until June, closer Drew Storen who has elbow surgery and will be out until at least All Star break, Chien-Ming Wang, who is currently on minor league rehab, and other injuries. The blows seem to keep coming for these first place Nationals. Yet, so far, they seem to keep persevering.