(NEW YORK) — A tough break for the Washington Nationals to start the season, literally. Catcher Wilson Ramos will miss the next 4-6 weeks with a broken hamate bone in his left hand.
It is unknown exactly when Ramos suffered the injury. He felt pain in his hand during an at-bat during the seventh inning, and left the game.
After a breakout season in 2013, the Nationals were expecting big things from their top catcher in 2014. How much he’ll be able to contribute the rest of the season from an offensive perspective remains to be seen now.
“He worked really hard in spring. He worked really hard all winter. You know, even outside of baseball, it’s been rough on him, so I feel for him,” Nationals manager Matt Williams said. “When he does play, when he’s healthy, it’s really, really good.”
In 2013, Ramos batted .272 with 16 home runs and 59 RBIs in 78 games.
Jose Lobaton will fill in for Ramos while he recovers from the injury.
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