Wilson Ramos injured his left hamstring running out a ground ball for the third out of the eighth inning of the Nationals’ loss to the Braves on Saturday afternoon. After trying to beat the throw, he walked back to the dugout holding the back of his leg and was replaced by Kurt Suzuki in the top of the ninth.
The Nationals will have Ramos checked out by team doctors on Sunday to determine a timetable for return, but manager Davey Johnson said early returns indicate he’ll be absent a few weeks.
“That’s the heartbreak of the day. He’s playing well, hits the ball hard and tries to leg it out, and pulls a hammy,” Johnson said. “We’ll see how he comes out of it tomorrow, but we’ll probably have to get somebody in here.”
Johnson said the Nats will likely call up Jhonatan Solano from Triple-A Syracuse. According to Ben Meyers of the Auburn Citizen, Solano was replaced in the eighth inning of the Chiefs’ game on Saturday, signifying he is on his way to Washington.
Ramos returned this season to start Opening Day after rehabbing from a torn ACL in his right knee last season. He has appeared in six games this year with two home runs and three RBI.
Seeing Ramos try so hard to come back and then suffer an injury this early in the year was tough for his teammates.
“Wilson has worked so hard to get back to where he is now and he’s obviously a big part of this team,” Ryan Zimmerman said. “Hopefully it’s not as bad as they think and he’ll be back soon.”
“That’s frustrating for him and for the club,” Danny Espinosa said. “For what happened last year and to see him come back strong and have such a good start of the season and to go down with something like that, it’s frustrating for us. I’m sure even more so for him.”
The Nats are fortunate to have Suzuki in store as the seven-year veteran has plenty of starting experience. He was the primary catcher for the Nats during the pennant race last season and during the playoffs after coming over in an August trade with Oakland. His presence was something Zimmerman was quick to cite.
“Having a guy like Kurt here who is very capable of catching every day, if that’s the case then Kurt will step in and play more than he has,” Zimmerman said.
“That’s one good thing about this team, we have so much depth. Something like that which could really hurt another team is something that we can handle.”