The Rays don't have an exact timetable yet for how long C Wilson Ramos will be sidelined, but it sounds like it could be weeks, or maybe even months, which could impact and possibly eliminate the opportunity to trade him.
"Not the best" news, manager Kevin Cash said. "He's going to miss some time."
Ramos pulled up running to first base in the sixth inning Saturday, and knew he was hurt badly enough that he pulled out of Tuesday's All-Star Game.
He had been elected the AL starter and was tremendously excited about going back to play in Washington, where he played parts of seven seasons for the Nats as somewhat of a fan favorite, and was rumored to possibly be in line for a return.
"For him to miss the All-Star Game is pretty telling," Cash said. "He was so excited about that and we were excited for him."
The Rays kept Ramos on the active roster Sunday, though that may have been a matter of logistics. 1B C.J. Cron is expected to serve as the emergency replacement if starter Jesus Sucre had to come out of the game.
Ramos is still planning to go to Washington and participate in the festivities. Cash said they will have a fuller read on the extent of the injury, and the absence, when Ramos returns to St. Petersburg, but he is surely headed to the DL.
"We're going to have to make a decision," Cash said. "We'll see how he responds over the break. I think it's fair to say he's going to miss some time. …
"I don't have an exact timetable yet. We had doctors look at him (Saturday). We really don't know anything until we get home and let our doctors look at him as far as the length of it. Every hamstring is different. Every pull is different. People's bodies respond differently. I would hate to say he is going to miss less or more without really knowing."
Ramos was considered one of the Rays most valuable trade chips, and likely to be moved before the July 31 deadline, in exchange for at least some prospects. He is making a team-high $10.5 million this season and a free agent at the end of the year, expecting to go to market and land a lucrative deal, with $40 million over three years bandied about.
An absence of more than a month would pretty much wipe that out, and even if the Rays got him through waivers to make an deal there is an Aug. 31 deadline to be eligible for postseason play.
The Rays don't have many good options in house for a replacement. Adam Moore is playing at Triple-A Durham and has some big-league time. Or they could opt to call up prospect Nick Ciuffo, who is also with Durham after serving a 50-game drug suspension.