The Nationals will be without one of their best hitters for up to a week, as catcher Wilson Ramos has left the team to grieve the death of his grandfather, Jesus Campos.
Ramos was placed on the bereavement list, which keeps a player out between three and seven days. Catcher Pedro Severino will take his place on the roster while he's out.
Ramos will miss at least three games and can return as early as Friday when the Nats play at the St. Louis Cardinals. Manager Dusty Baker said the expectation now is that he will be back sometime during the three-game series.
"I talked to him this morning and he's pretty shook up. He'll join us sometime over the weekend in St. Louis," Baker said.
The 28-year-old Ramos has been batting .316 for Washington so far this season. His temporary replacement, Severino, hit .244 in 13 games with the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs.
"I'm so sorry about Wilson's family. But I'm so happy because I'm ready right now. The team is playing good right now," Severino said.
Severino felt he started the season slow in Syracuse, but was feeling better in recent weeks. The cold weather, he said, was tough to play through.
"I didn't start good because it was real cold up there. It was my first time in 20 degrees," he said.
Severino actually saw snow for the first time in his life just a few weeks ago.
"I felt like a little kid, really," he said. "The Dominican is like 95 to 100 degrees. The first time I saw snow I just held it in my hands and said 'that's real snow.'"