Nationals lose catcher Wilson Ramos to broken hand (UPDATE)

Monday March 31st, 2014

Wilson Ramos suffered a broken left hand in Monday's season opener. (Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)Wilson Ramos suffered a broken left hand in Monday's season opener. (Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

The Nationals rallied over the Mets for a 9-5 win in extra innings on Opening Day, but they lost a big piece of their lineup. According to the Washington Post's James Wagner, starting catcher Wilson Ramos suffered a broken left hand at some point in Monday's game. Ramos went 0-for-3 with a strikeout before being pulled in the seventh inning of Monday's game.

There's no word yet on how Ramos broke his hand or how long he'll be out. In his stead, the Nationals will likely go with Jose Lobaton as the starting catcher. Lobaton took over for Ramos on Monday and went 1-for-2 with a run scored. Ramos has been bit hard by the injury bug in his career, limited to 78 games in 2013 and 25 games in 2012 due to knee surgery and hamstring strains.

Ramos hit .272/.307/.470 in limited time last season and was given the Nationals' starting catcher job with the departures of Kurt Suzuki and Jesus Flores. Lobaton, acquired in the offseason from Tampa Bay, is a career .228 hitter who slashed .249/.320/.394 with the Rays in 311 plate appearances.

UPDATE: According to Nationals manager Matt Williams, Ramos' X-rays came up negative.

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