Snake-bit catcher Wilson Ramos exited the Nationals’ 2-1 victory Tuesday night with tightness in his right hamstring after he slid into second base for an eighth-inning double. While Manager Matt Williams expressed concern, Ramos appeared upbeat after the game and believes he did not suffer a serious injury.
“It’s not bad,” Ramos said, with a smile on his face. “There’s a little something in my hammy, but it’s not that bad. Hopefully, I feel better tomorrow. It’s a little bit hard for me, but I don’t feel nothing hard like last year with the other hammy.”
Last season, Ramos spent two stints on the disabled list, including one that lasted two months, with left hamstring strains. Ramos said the type of pain he felt Tuesday was far different than those experiences.
“I just feel a little bit sore,” Ramos said. “I’m not too much scared, because I don’t feel the same as last year. Last year was very bad. Today, it’s just a little bit.”
With one out in the eighth, Ramos pounded a ball into the left-center field gap, his second double of the night. As he neared second base, he felt a twinge in his right hamstring. After he slid into the base and stood, he called for Williams and head athletic trainer Lee Kuntz. They escorted him off the field.
“When I feel it, it scared me,” Ramos said. “At the moment, I said, ‘It happened again.’ But thank God it’s not that hard. I’m just thinking positive.”
Said Williams: “We’ll have to re-evaluate him tomorrow. Right now, we just don’t know anything other than, it’s tight. We’ll see how feels tomorrow. It’s always a concern with him, anything with the legs.”
No matter how minor Ramos’s injury, it would be a surprise if he played Wednesday night. The Nationals have a day Thursday, and so Ramos would likely only play one of those days, anyway. The Nationals could play Jose Lobaton on Wednesday and wait on Ramos.