Wilson Ramos leaves Nationals for birth of first child


New father Wilson Ramos, right. (Nick Wass/Associated Press)

Catcher Wilson Ramos’s wife Yely gave birth to the couple’s first child, a daughter, Tuesday morning in Washington. As Ramos went on paternity leave, both mother and daughter were resting comfortably.

“He’s anxious about it,” Manager Matt Williams said. “He’s got a number of family members in town. He’s excited and nervous, and I’m sure he didn’t get any sleep last night. But everybody seems to be fine. They’re at the hospital and everybody’s recovered, so we’ll see where it goes from here. But I’m sure he’s very proud of that.”

The Nationals called up Sandy Leon to serve as Jose Lobaton’s backup as Ramos went on paternity leave. Ramos can miss up to three games.

“The baseball player in you wants to be on the field and playing,” Williams said. “But it’s very important for your family to be there, too. We all understand. We’ll get him back as quickly as we can, and I’m sure he wants to come back as quickly as he can.”

Adam Kilgore covers the Nationals for The Washington Post.
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