According to multiple reports, Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos is “likely” destined for surgery on the hamate bone in his left hand. Reports indicate Ramos will be out up to eight weeks after surgery.
From the Washington Post:
After he received a MRI on Tuesday, Ramos will visit specialist Kenneth Means in Baltimore for a final opinion. If Means determines Ramos needs surgery, as expected, Ramos could miss up to eight weeks and experience diminished power at the plate once he returns.
Ramos injured his hand/wrist area in Monday’s season opening win over the New York Mets after experiencing some discomfort in the area during spring training.
Often, players with this surgery – which generally require the removal of the “hook” portion of the hamate bone in the wrist – experience a dramatic loss in power for up to a full year following the procedure. Ryan Zimmerman is among the many Major League players to have had the procedure in their careers.
Jose Lobaton will assume No. 1 catching duties while Ramos is out. Sandy Leon will be recalled from AA-Harrisburg for Wednesday’s game in New York.