Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos was diagnosed with a torn ACL on Saturday night, and is expected to miss the rest of the season. He was replaced in the game by Jesus Flores, who will take over as the Nationals every day catcher. Sandy Leon was called up from AA Harrisburg to replace Flores on the roster.
The 24 year-old Ramos had a .752 OPS behind the plate for the Nationals this year, and his injury will just add on to the team’s injury woes. Last year, in his first year as Washington’s full-time starter, Ramos had a .779 OPS and 15 homers, looking like he had the potential to be one of the best every day backstops in the league.
The team is losing a lot going from Ramos to Flores. The 27 year-old Flores has been largely a backup for the Nationals throughout his career, and has a .689 OPS overall. He’s struggled over the past two years, OPSing just .567 last year and only .485 this season, hitting a total of one homer in 130 plate appearances over the two seasons. The 23 year-old Leon, who will serve as Flores’s backup at least in the short term, has been described as “just a guy”. He’s playing well this season in Harrisburg, with a .795 OPS in 98 plate appearances, but had just a .674 OPS last year in high-A Potomac.
It’s unknown what the effect that Ramos’s injury will have on Washington’s top tier pitching staff, if any. At any rate, not having hiim around and starting for the team is a huge loss.