Wilson Ramos to Have ACL Surgery, Likely Done for Season, Flores to Catch

Michael NargiSenior Analyst IMay 13, 2012

CINCINNATI, OH - MAY 12: Manager Davey Johnson of the Washington Nationals looks on as catcher Wilson Ramos #3 is helped off the field after suffering an injury against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on May 12, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Nationals won 2-1. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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The Washington Nationals cannot catch a break with their injuries. 

Their latest addition to the disabled list is their starting catcher, Wilson Ramos.

Ramos, who was diagnosed with a torn ACL, faces surgery to repair the tear and will "miss most, if not all, of the 2012 season," according to Amanda Comak, Nationals beat writer for the Washington Times.

Ramos was hitting .265 with three home runs and 10 RBI before going down to the torn ACL.

The Nationals will turn to Jesus Flores to catch for the remainder of the season and have called up 23-year-old Sandy Leon from Double-A to be the backup catcher.

The offensive production is likely to drop off significantly from behind the plate, but it is just another challenge for the Nationals to overcome, and it gives opportunity to Flores and Leon to be the guys to step up for Washington.

It is one injury after another for the Nats, and Manger Davey Johnson is looking for a break. He told reporters: “We got to start eating bananas or something, change our luck. We’ve had more than our fair share of players going down.”

While speaking about Ramos, Johnson said, “It hasn’t been a very good year for him. I was telling him earlier, if he didn’t have some bad luck, he wouldn’t have no luck.