WASHINGTON — Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL, manager Dusty Baker announced Tuesday.
Ramos sustained the season-ending knee injury in the sixth inning of Monday’s 14-4 loss to the Diamondbacks as he leaped to reach a relay throw from first baseman Ryan Zimmerman.
He came down awkwardly on his right leg as the ball dropped to the ground and the runner crossed home.
Ramos had to be helped off the rain-soaked field, careful not to put any weight on his right leg.
“He has to have an operation soon,” Baker said. “Torn ACL.”
It is Ramos’ second torn ACL in his right knee. The first caused him to miss most of the 2012 season and all of the postseason that year.
Ramos was in the midst of a breakout season. Hitting .307 with career highs in home runs (22) and RBI (80) in 523 plate appearances, Ramos made his first All-Star Game appearance in 2016.
“He’s upbeat about things. He knows that other guys have come back from this. I told him about [Minnesota Vikings running back] Adrian Peterson, but he didn’t really know who I was talking about,” Baker quipped. “At least he didn’t have to run through the line and stuff. I’m positive, as strong and as positive as he is, and the way he works, that he’ll be back stronger than ever.”
The Nationals selected the contract of minor league catcher Spencer Kieboom from Double-A Harrisburg earlier Tuesday. Kieboom, the Nationals’ fifth-round pick in 2012, is hitting .230/.324/.314 with 11 doubles, five home runs and 31 RBI through 309 at-bats at Harrisburg.