Report: Wilson Ramos suffers broken hand on Opening Day

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

Once again, the Nationals have lost Wilson Ramos to injury.
Once again, the Nationals have lost Wilson Ramos to injury. (USATSI)

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According to James Wagner of the Washington Post, Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos left Monday's season-opener against the Mets with a broken left hand. He was lifted in the seventh inning and it's unclear exactly when during the game the injury happened.

Ramos, 26, was in the starting lineup as the cleanup hitter on Opening Day. He hit .272/.307/.470 (111 OPS+) with 16 home runs in only 78 games last season. He missed roughly two months with a hamstring strain in 2013 and most of 2012 with a torn ACL.

The Nationals acquired backup Jose Lobaton from the Rays over the winter, and he figures to take over as the starter behind the plate. There is no word on how long Ramos will be sidelined, but obviously this is a huge blow to Washington.

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