Nationals Vs. Reds: Wilson Ramos Injury Means Call-Up For Sandy Leon

Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos was injured in Saturday night's game against the Cincinnati Reds, and with the team not knowing the extent of the injury yet a backup catcher is needed for the immediate future. Harrisburg's Sandy Leon happened to be playing in Akron this weekend, so he gets the call. Via Amanda Comak of the Washington Times:

The Washington Nationals won't know for sure until Sunday morning just how serious the injury is to catcher Wilson Ramos, but in need of an immediate move to have a backup catcher for Sunday's game, the club is planning to give Sandy Leon an opportunity.

Leon, 23, is a switch-hitting catcher who is considered one of the Nationals' best prospects at the position and was named the best defensive catcher in the Carolina League during the 2011 season by Baseball America. Leon has drawn raves from the Nationals' scouts since he signed in 2007 for his exceptional receiving skills, his quick release and his strong throwing arm.

Leon is batting .319 at Harrisburg, with 10 doubles, four walks and only 10 strikeouts in 94 at-bats. His stay with the team will likely be determined by the severity of the injury to Ramos.

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