Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 5/13/12

The Washington Nationals have placed catcher Wilson Ramos on the 15-day disabled list after he suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee Saturday night.

Ramos is expected to have surgery, said Marfa Mata, a spokesperson for Ramos told the Washington Times on Sunday.

Ramos sustained the injury in the seventh inning of Saturday night's game in Cincinnati after turning to field a passed ball. It appeared that Ramos' knee buckled.

"I don't know how bad it is," said Nationals manager Davey Johnson after the game. "But I have a bad feeling he tore something in there and his down time will be a while. We'll just keep our fingers crossed, but right now it's not good at all."

Ramos was hitting .265 with three home runs and 10 RBIs this season. During the offseason, he was abducted for two days in a much publicized in his home of Venezuela.

Jesus Flores will take over as starting catcher and the team has called up catcher Sandy Leon from Class AA Harrisburg. Leon was batting .319 with one home run and 12 RBIs in 27 minor-league games this season.

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