Wilson Ramos exits game with serious-looking knee injury

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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.

Blue Jays could move Jaime Garcia to bullpen

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Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi reports that the Blue Jays are considering moving starter Jaime Garcia to the bullpen. If they go that route, Sam Gaviglio would start in Garcia’s place on Sunday against the Angels.

Garcia, 31, has struggled to a 6.16 ERA with a 56/31 K/BB ratio in 61 1/3 innings over 13 starts this season. Gaviglio, meanwhile, has a 3.75 ERA with 35 striekouts and 11 walks in 36 innings across six starts and two relief appearances for the Jays this year.

Garcia inked a one-year, $10 million contract with the Jays in February. The deal includes a club option for the 2019 season worth $10 million with a $2 million buyout.