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Nationals announce Matt Wieters underwent hamstring surgery; no timetable issued for return

The Washington Nationals will be without their starting catcher for the foreseeable future after Matt Wieters went under the knife Thursday.

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Six days after hitting the disabled list with an apparent leg injury, Washington Nationals catcher Matt Wieters underwent surgery on his left hamstring, according to a team press release. More information will be available when he returns to the Washington, D.C., area, according to the Nationals, so Wieters will likely have to meet with team doctors before he’s given an estimate for the duration of his recovery.

Wieters suffered the injury rounding first base on a routine single in Washington’s 2-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on May 10. The backstop was placed on the 10-Day DL the following day, prompting the team to call up prospect Spencer Kieboom to take his place on the 25-man roster.

“We’re thinking it’s probably hamstring, but it’s kind of in the back of the connection point of where there’s some other things running in there,” Wieters told reporters following his early departure from the contest, as quoted by MASN’s Mark Zuckerman.

“So we just want to make sure. Hopefully it is hamstring, and hopefully it’s not too bad. And we’ll see what steps are next.”

In his absence, 24-year-old Pedro Severino has been the team’s starter behind the plate.

Severino owns a .274/.386/.356 slash line with nine RBIs and eight runs scored in 25 games on the young season. Although Kieboom has yet to make an appearance at the major-league level since being recalled, he was hitting .250 with four doubles in 25 games at AAA-Syracuse before receiving his new assignment.

Wieters joins fellow starters Adam Eaton and Daniel Murphy on the growing list of Nationals’ stars to hit the surgeon’s table this year. Eaton underwent arthroscopic surgery last week to repair a chondral flap in his left ankle and is targeting a July return. Murphy has been recovering from knee surgery since last October but has hit several snags in his recovery process.

An update on Wieters’ status will likely come within the next few days.

For now, the Nats will host the struggling Los Angeles Dodgers, who are dealing with more than a few injuries of their own…