As expected after Wilson Ramos exited Wednesday night's game, the Washington Nationals have placed the injury-prone catcher on the disabled list. Ramos was on the DL earlier in the season with a strain to the same area of his hamstring he strained Wednesday. The team expects this injury to take some time now that Ramos has re-injured it.
Bryan Kerr of MASN says the team recalled Jhonatan Solano in a corresponding move to fill out the roster once Ramos was officially placed on the 15-day DL. Solano had been with the team earlier in the year when Ramos was injured, but he was sent down when the team's starting catcher returned from injury. Now, Solano will once again have to fill in and provide Kurt Suzuki, the team's second catcher on the depth chart, rest whenever possible.
The impact of Ramos' injury is significant for two reasons. Ramos has a better bat than Suzuki, for one. But possibly more significant is the notion that the team's ace, Stephen Strasburg, may actually pitch better when Ramos is behind the plate. While the numbers are not quite up to date anymore, Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post pointed out the stark disparity in Strasburg's performances with Ramos behind the plate versus any other catcher.
Ramos has played in just 14 games this season. He has not had enough time to even find his groove and is hitting .250/.308/.438. Kurt Suzuki will get the brunt of the catching duties from here, and he is hitting .247/.326/.407.
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