Bill Ladson

Ramos staying 'positive' after knee injury

Catcher's torn ACL may affect longevity in National League

Ramos staying 'positive' after knee injury

WASHINGTON -- Wilson Ramos said his spirits are good even though he will miss the rest of the season because of a torn ACL in his right knee. He is looking for the swelling in the knee to go down so he can have surgery. Ramos hurt the knee Monday trying to catch a high throw from first baseman Ryan Zimmerman.

Before the injury, Ramos was having the best season of his career, hitting .307 with 22 home runs and 80 RBIs. Manager Dusty Baker called him one of his best two-out hitters. With runners in scoring position and two outs, Ramos had a .288 batting average.

"Right now I'm feeling a little bit more relaxed. I had a few days to take a step back and think about it," Ramos said. "Obviously, it's very frustrating for me, going through this toward the end of the season. But all I can do is stay positive, make sure I get my rest, rehab properly and come back stronger."

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Ramos most likely will not be with the Nationals during the postseason. He will rehab the knee in Florida. He acknowledged it's going to be tough to watch the postseason games, but he plans to be professional. He plans to root for the Nationals and hopes they go far into the postseason.

Ramos also has to think about his future. He is a free agent after the season, and he is not sure if he will play in the National League next season.

"I would love to stay [with the Nationals] and keep playing for this team," Ramos said. "They have given me the opportunity in my career that I haven't received anywhere else. This injury happened so close to the end, it may affect whether I stay in the National League or not. If it were up to me, I would keep playing for the Nationals and play as long as I can."

The Nationals offered Ramos a contract extension, a baseball source told recently. However, the source said the offer was made "during the beginning of the season" and that the parties have not spoken since. The club did not confirm that report.

Bill Ladson has covered the Nationals/Expos for since 2002 and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.