This is a big, big blow to the Washington Nationals: catcher Wilson Ramos is out for the year with a torn ACL in his right knee.
The injury happened in the top of the sixth inning of yesterday’s loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks when Ramos leaped to grab an errant throw and came down awkwardly. Ramos clutched and pointed at his right knee. He was unable to put any weight on it as he was helped off the field and struggled to get down the dugout steps.
Today he had an MRI and Dusty Baker just delivered the news about Ramos’ ACL. The recovery time on such an injury is measured in months and sometimes even a year, meaning that the Nats will not have the services of one of their best players for the playoffs. Ramos has hit .307/.354/.496 with 22 homers and 80 RBI on the year.
It’s also a huge blow for Ramos personally, as he was putting up a career year in 2016 and was prepared to hit the free agent market where he was certain to field multi-year offers, possibly as rich as five-years and $80 million or more. Now he will face several months of rehabilitation which will certainly make him unavailable for a big portion of next year, likely killing his market.
Just sad, sad news.