Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos got a cleat caught in the ground while attempting to field a passed ball in the seventh inning Saturday against the Reds, causing his right knee to twist in an unnatural way.
Ramos kept all weight off the knee as he was carried — by a trainer on each side — into the road-team clubhouse at Cincinnati’s Great American Ballpark.
It looks like another tough blow to the Nats offense, which is currently without Jayson Werth and Michael Morse, and was absent Ryan Zimmerman and Adam LaRoche at different points earlier this year.
Ramos, 24, hit his third home run of the season in Saturday’s 2-1 win and is batting .265/.354/.398 with 10 RBI through 25 games played. He survived a kidnapping in his native Venezuela back in November.
Jesus Flores entered Saturday’s game in place of Ramos and will fill in for however long he is out.
Good news in Boston: An MRI on Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi‘s left knee revealed no structural damage.
Benintendi slipped while trying to avoid a tag at second base, injuring his leg, but it appears he’s avoided a serious injury. A timetable for his return isn’t known at this point, but the Red Sox expect to get him back before the end of the season.
Benintendi is hitting .324/.365/.485 with a homer and ten RBI in 21 games.
And then there was one. One player from the 2008 World Series champs, that is. Ryan Howard likely isn’t going anywhere so he’ll be the last one to turn the lights off, but today Carlo Ruiz bid adieu to the Phillies following his trade to Los Angeles.
Lost in all of the emotions the Dodgers are reported to be feeling about A.J. Ellis leaving is the fact that Ruiz was one of the most beloved Phillies players ever, by both his teammates and their fans. Yesterday Roy Halladay penned a heartfelt goodbye to Ruiz, suggesting that he was every bit as essential to his and the Phillies’ success as Ellis has been to Clayton Kershaw (and in pure baseball production, obviously, quite more).
Today Chooch left a message for his now former teammates: