09/26 22:17 CDT Ramos injured in Nationals' 14-4 loss to Diamondbacks
Ramos injured in Nationals' 14-4 loss to Diamondbacks
By STEPHEN WHYNO
AP Sports Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) --- All-Star catcher Wilson Ramos left the Washington
Nationals' 14-4 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night with an
apparent right knee injury that could be a major blow to the NL East champions.
Ramos landed awkwardly on his right leg after jumping to catch a relay throw in
the sixth inning. He immediately called for medical attention and clutched at
the same knee he injured badly during the 2012 season, when he tore his ACL and
medial collateral ligament.
Nationals manager Dusty Baker said Ramos didn't look too good and will have an
MRI on Tuesday.
Washington was already without reigning NL MVP Bryce Harper due to a thumb
injury, slugging second baseman Daniel Murphy (strained glute) and 15-game
winner Stephen Strasburg (elbow). Ramos is hitting .307 with 22 home runs and
80 RBIs for the Nationals, who will face the Los Angeles Dodgers in an NL
The loss left the Nationals one game ahead of the Dodgers for home-field
advantage in the series.
Tanner Roark (15-10), expected to follow Max Scherzer in Washington's playoff
rotation, allowed five runs on four hits, including two homers, in four
innings. Nationals pitching gave up a season-high five home runs.
Jean Segura had two of them, while Yasmany Tomas hit a three-run shot and drove
in two more runs with a double. Mitch Haniger and Jake Lamb also homered for
Zack Godley (5-4) got the win in relief. Diamondbacks starter Archie Bradley
yielded four runs and six hits in 3 2/3 innings.
Nationals rookie Trea Turner went 3 for 4 with a two-run double to raise his
batting average to .341. Despite that and a bullpen meltdown led by Yusmeiro
Petit, nothing that happened Tuesday night mattered as much as Ramos' injury
with Game 1 against the Dodgers a week and a half away.
BLAME THE RAIN
Including a 20-minute rain delay that started one pitch in, the top of the
sixth inning took almost an hour to play. The Diamondbacks sent 11 hitters to
the plate, scoring five runs on six hits with an error sprinkled in for good
Tomas, a Cuban countryman of late Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, made a
running catch at the wall in the second inning and had a big night at the
plate. Tomas was 2 for 5 with five RBIs, including his 30th home run of the
After Fernandez's death in a boating accident early Sunday at age 24, Tomas
tweeted in Spanish calling Fernandez a friend and thanking him for the moments
he provided in baseball.
GOODWIN IN LOSS
Starting in place of Harper, Nationals rookie outfielder Brian Goodwin hit his
first major league triple and drove in two runs. With nothing but home-field
advantage in the first round left to play for, Goodwin could see a lot of
action the rest of the week.
Diamondbacks: Manager Chip Hale said RHP Rubby De La Rosa will have a stem cell
injection in his elbow Tuesday in an attempt to avoid a second Tommy John
Nationals: LHP Sammy Solis was activated off the disabled list after missing
more than a month with shoulder inflammation.
Scherzer (18-7, 2.82 ERA) continues his Cy Young Award campaign against
Arizona's Matt Koch (1-1, 1.29), who will make his first major league start.