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Draft over, Kline happy with results for now

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Draft over, Kline happy with results for now

By Rich Dubroff
CSNwashington.comAfter three days of feverishly drafting players for the Nationals, scouting director Kris Kline cant wait to see some of them actually on the field.He pictures No. 1 choice Lucas Giolito joining the current rotation, and he starts getting excitedYou think about Giolito and Strasburg and Gio and Jordan Zimmermann as the starting rotation, Kline said. Last year, the Nationals drafted eight pitchers in their first 11 picks.Now youve got some depth again in pitching, and thats what we tried to do.Second baseman Tony Renda, who was the second-round pick has already agreed to a contract, and hell report to Single-A Auburn in the New York-Penn League. Outfielder Brandon Miller, the fourth-round pick, has also been signed.
General manager Mike Rizzo will negotiate with Giolito.Because of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement that caps expenditures, the Nationals felt out potential draftees and if they thought theyd want too much money, the team passed on them.
A number of talented high school players will play in college insteadThis will be a good thing in the end. College baseball is not nearly as good as it used to be, Kline said. There will be better players in colleges, and even the junior colleges will start to fill up.With his draft complete, Kline sums it up.Hope for the best and well see how it plays out.

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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

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Nats call up catcher Spencer Kieboom after Wilson Ramos' injury

Nats call up catcher Spencer Kieboom after Wilson Ramos' injury

The day after Wilson Ramos suffered a right knee injury in their 14-4 loss to the Diamondbacks on Monday night, the Nationals called up catcher Spencer Kieboom from the Double-A Harrisburg Senators.

Ramos, 29, was scheduled for an MRI on Tuesday morning.

This would certainly point towards the All-Star backstop at least missing some time.

The Nationals now have four catchers on their roster with Jose Lobaton and Pedro Severino also in store.

Ramos hurt himself landing on his right leg after jumping for a ball thrown home in the top of the sixth inning. Ramos previously tore his ACL and MCL in the same knee back in 2012.

Kieboom, 25, was a fifth-round pick out of Clemson in 2012.

He holds a .264 average in 297 career minor league games. He hit .230 through 94 games at Harrisburg this season.

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