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Nationals' Ramos (hand) out 4-5 weeks

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NEW YORK -- It took all of seven innings this season for Wilson Ramos' familiarly bad luck to appear.

Ramos is out at least four weeks with a broken bone in his left hand.

The Washington catcher, who played in just 103 total games the past two seasons due to a pair of knee surgeries and a chronic left hamstring injury, left in the seventh inning of the Nationals' 9-7, 10-inning win over the Mets on Monday due to a sore left hand.

Ramos saw a hand specialist Tuesday, and manager Matt Williams confirmed Wednesday he would miss at least a month.

Williams said he was concerned enough that he and the Nationals' front office were looking at the organizational depth chart to see who could replace Ramos on the active roster. Backup catcher Jose Lobaton, who went 1-for-2 with a run Monday after replacing Ramos, figures to draw the majority of the starts with Ramos on the disabled list.

"You don't want to see that on Opening Day -- or anytime, but especially on Opening Day," Williams said. "We'll see where we're at. We'll send him to our guy and have him take a look at it."

This latest bit of bad news comes as the Nationals began to rely more heavily on Ramos as a run producer. He batted cleanup Monday, just the seventh time in he's started there in 239 major league games, and he went 0-for-3 before exiting.

"Wilson's one of our best middle-of-the-lineup guys," Williams said before the game. "Hopefully today he's got a lot of opportunities."

Those opportunities won't come again until May at the earliest.

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