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Injury to Nationals' catcher Wilson Ramos could be bad news for Orioles, too

Injury to Nationals' catcher Wilson Ramos could be bad news for Orioles, too

he awful news that Wilson Ramos suffered a torn ACL in his right knee isn’t just crushing news to Nationals fans. It’s also potentially bad news for the Orioles, too. 

Ramos and Matt Wieters were set to be the most attractive in a thin market for free agent catchers. 

With Ramos potentially off the market or at best, his earning power diminished, Wieters could have more suitors and more who’ll pay more. 

Last week, Wieters’ agent Scott Boras was in Baltimore to meet with Orioles management to talk about the catcher as well as two of his other clients on the team, Pedro Alvarez and Zach Britton. No agreement on an extension for Wieters was struck. 

The Nationals, Atlanta Braves, Chicago White Sox and Houston Astros are teams that could have an interest in the 30-year-old Wieters. 

Perhaps others who might have pursued Ramos could make an offer to Wieters, too. 

The Orioles have Caleb Joseph, who hasn’t driven in a run and Francisco Pena on the roster. They also have Chance Sisco, but it’s highly unlikely that he could make a jump to the majors without significant Triple-A experience. 

Other catchers on the market could include Nick Hundley, who did a nice job for the Orioles in 2014 after Wieters’ Tommy John surgery and former National Kurt Suzuki. Jonathan Lucroy, who was traded from Milwaukee to Texas at the trading deadline, has an appealing $5.25 million club option. 

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Wilson Ramos has a torn ACL, will miss Nationals' postseason

Wilson Ramos has a torn ACL, will miss Nationals' postseason

Wilson Ramos' season — and postseason — is officially over.

Manager Dusty Baker announced on Tuesday afternoon that the team's starting catcher suffered a torn ACL in their 14-4 loss to the Diamondbacks on Monday night and will undergo surgery to fix the tear.

Ramos underwent an MRI on Tuesday morning to assess the damage and the news was not good. 

The injury occurred following a rain delay in the sixth inning when Ramos attempted to catch an errant throw home from Ryan Zimmerman. Ramos landed awkwardly and crumpled to the dirt in pain.

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To make matters worse, the injury occurred on the same knee that Ramos injured in 2012, when he needed surgery to repair a torn ACL and MCL.

"I think it's time for us as a whole to take care of him," Baker told reporters on Tuesday afternoon. "Because he's taken pretty good care of us."

It's a heartbreaking injury considering Ramos was having a stellar season, highlighted by his first All-Star Game appearance and that the postseason is just a week away.

"He is upbeat," Baker said. "He knows other guys have come back from this. Told him about Adrian Peterson, but he didn't know who that was."

The team called up 2012 fifth-round pick Spencer Kieboom to take Ramos' spot on the roster.

The Nationals will open postseason play against the N.L. West Division champion Los Angeles Dodgers