Ramos out for sea­son with torn ACL

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The Na­tion­als’ World Se­ries hopes took a se­ri­ous blow Tues­day when All-Star catcher Wil­son Ramos was di­ag­nosed with a torn ACL in his right knee.

Ramos will miss the play­offs, tak­ing one of the most con­sis­tent power bats out of the Na­tion­als’ lineup. He was hav­ing his best sea­son with ca­reer highs in hits, dou­bles, home runs, RBIs, runs scored, bat­ting av­er­age, slug­ging per­cent­age and OPS.

“There’s never an op­por­tune time,” man­ager Dusty Baker said. “This was the most in­op­por­tune time for this to hap­pen.”

Baker told Ramos, whom he de­scribed as “up­beat,” that other ath­letes have come back from tear­ing an ACL twice in the same knee. Ramos, who was hurt Mon­day night when he landed awk­wardly while catch­ing a re­lay throw, had two surg­eries in 2012 to re­pair a torn an­te­rior cru­ci­ate lig­a­ment and me­dial col­lat­eral lig­a­ment.

The Na­tional League East cham­pi­ons will go with a com­bi­na­tion of Pe­dro Sev­erino and Jose Lo­ba­ton be­hind the plate in Ramos’ ab­sence. They called up Spencer Kieboom as a third catcher ear­lier Tues­day.

Re­plac­ing Ramos’ of­fense is Baker’s big­gest con­cern.

“I told him, ‘Hey man, you and Daniel Mur­phy car­ried us to this point,’ ” Baker said. “Now it’s up to some of the other guys to take us to the next level.”

Mur­phy is deal­ing with a strained glute and reign­ing NL MVP Bryce Harper has a left thumb in­jury. Baker ex­pects Harper back this week and fig­ures Mur­phy will be ready by Game 1 of the NL Di­vi­sion Se­ries against the Dodgers on Oct. 7.

The Na­tion­als are also un­likely to have pitcher Stephen Stras­burg in the first round, and per­haps be­yond, due to a strained flexor mass in his right el­bow.

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