Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos was forced to leave his team's game with an apparent pulled hamstring. The 25 year-old catcher grounded out to end the eighth inning, and was replaced by Kurt Suzuki in the ninth.
Nationals manager Davey Johnson talked to reporters about the injury, and expressed concern for the health of his catcher. Johnson told reporters that it was a "deep pull," and expects to Ramos to miss "a couple of weeks."
The manger expects the team will recall catcher Jhonatan Solano from Triple-A Syracuse to replace Ramos on the roster. Johnson did emphasize that the team wanted to "wait until tomorrow" to make any firm decisions.
The setback is particularly disappointing for Ramos, who has battled some difficult injuries in his young career. Ramos suffered a torn ACL and meniscus last season, but worked hard in rehab to recover from the injuries. Ramos started the 2013 campaign strong, hitting .353/.450/.706 through his first 20 plate appearances.
Suzuki can expect to receive the lion's share of the starts at catcher while Ramos is out. Suzuki is a career .255/.312/.38 hitter, and has started the season hitting .231/.444.615 in 19 plate appearances. Solano has been in Washington's organization since 2006, and hit .314/.351/.571 in 37 plate appearances last season.
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