Catcher Jhonatan Solano had just walked into the Syracuse dugout during the eighth inning of the team's Saturday game vs. Lehigh Valley when manager Tony Beasley told him he was headed to Washington. Wilson Ramos had sustained an injury and they needed his services.
Despite knowing Ramos and feeling bad about his unfortunate news, Solano was elated to hear he would be leaving the cold of upstate New York. The game time temperature yesterday in Syracuse was 38 degrees for a one o’clock start.
“I don’t feel myself yesterday, nothing. My feet and my hands,” he said. “When we got the third out, he told me ‘you’re out of the game.’”
“I’m here, I’m going to take my opportunity to play.”
Solano woke up at 4 a.m. to catch an early flight to D.C. He said his wife is on her way driving to catch his season debut today, along with their 21 month baby girl.
Solano said he hadn’t been thinking about being the next guy up until he heard the news.
“I was just focused on Syracuse, on my approach and everything. That surprised me.”
Solano expressed regret that Ramos had to be injured for this opportunity to present itself. Ramos was in the clubhouse before Sunday’s game and Solano said he hopes they can keep his spirits up.
“The only thing we can do is talk to him and stay positive all the time,” Solano said. “It’s part of the game.”
Ramos is going to be out at least a few weeks on the 15-day disabled list which means Solano will travel on the upcoming road trip. The team heads to Miami tomorrow to play the Marlins who happen to have Solano’s brother Donovan.
The Marlins second baseman was watching the Nats game when the injury happened.
“He called me yesterday,” Jhonatan said. “He watched game and called me, ‘hey something happened to Ramos. When you go up I’ll see you there.’ He’s happy too.”