Cleveland catcher Wilson Ramos out for year with torn knee ligaments

A trainer, top, checks on Cleveland's Wilson Ramos who was injured during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox, Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021, in Cleveland. (Ron Schwane/AP)

CLEVELAND — Cleveland catcher Wilson Ramos will require season-ending surgery for torn ligaments in his left knee, the team said Monday.

Ramos tore his ACL and MCL in the seventh inning of Cleveland's win over the Boston Red Sox on Sunday. He fielded a weak hit in front of the plate and was throwing to second base when his left knee buckled and he crumpled to the infield grass.

The 34-year-old Ramos played in 44 games this season — nine with Cleveland, 35 with Detroit. He batted .226 with two homers and seven RBIs for Cleveland, which has been without Gold Glove catcher Roberto Perez for much of the year.

Perez was placed on the injured list earlier this month with right shoulder inflammation and back spasms. He spent 60 days on the IL earlier this season after undergoing surgery on his right middle finger, which was broken in April when reliever James Karinchak crossed him up on a pitch against the Chicago White Sox.

Austin Hedges has handled most of Cleveland's catching duties this season.

Ramos drove in two runs Sunday. After he got hurt, Hedges replaced him and hit a game-tying home run.

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