Wilson Ramos has broken hamate bone, will miss 4-5 weeks

Wilson Ramos has broken hamate bone, will miss 4-5 weeks
April 2, 2014, 12:15 pm
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After an initial X-ray showed no break on Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos' hand, a second opinion has revealed a fracture in his left hamate bone. Ramos will now undergo surgery and miss 4-5 weeks.

Manager Matt Williams made the announcement Wednesday in a radio interview on 106.7 The Fan. The story was first reported on Monday by Venezuelan TV host Marfa Mata and The Washington Post.

Ramos will now head to the disabled list as Sandy Leon has been called up from Double-A Harrisburg. He will serve as the backup to Jose Lobaton who will start in Ramos' absence.

Ramos hurt his hand on a foul tip in the bottom of the sixth inning of the team's season opener on Monday and left the game after feeling pain on a swing in the top of the seventh. Williams told reporters after the game that Ramos' X-rays showed no fracture, but that he would see the team's hand specialist in Washington the following day. It was then they discovered the broken hamate bone.

Mark Zuckerman is in New York and will have more on this story once Williams addresses media before the Nationals game against the Mets.

More on this story as it develops...

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