Cleveland Guardians backup catcher Wilson Ramos has been diagnosed with a torn ACL and sprained MCL suffered during yesterday’s win over the Boston Red Sox.
The team has not announced a timetable for surgery or a return yet, but with the season over in a little over a month, Ramos is clearly not returning in 2021. His time in Cleveland may be over as well, seeing as his contract only runs through the end of the year.
Cleveland grabbed Ramos off waivers on Aug. 6 after it was revealed that Roberto Pérez would be headed to the 10-day injured list with a shoulder injury. The veteran catcher played in 35 games with the Tigers before he was designated for assignment. In nine games with the Guardians, he slashed .226/.286/.419, serving as a backup for Austin Hedges.
The Guardians currently have no other catchers on the 40-man roster, but Gavin Collins, Ryan Lavarnway, Mike Rivera, and Eric Rodriguez are all in Triple-A. Lavarnway played a handful of games earlier in the season with two hits in 11 at-bats and seems like the most likely candidate to be added back to the roster. The 11-year MLB veteran has 468 plate appearances under his belt, mostly with the Red Sox, and played for Isreal in this year’s Tokyo Olympics — highlighted by a 5-for-5, two-homer game against South Korea.
Ramos, 34, has over 3,700 plate appearances in his career and 7,880 innings behind the plate over his 12-year career. We wish him nothing but the best and a speedy recovery wherever he goes from here.