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Jose Lobaton | Catcher | #59

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (32) / 10/21/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 212
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2002 / UDFA / SD
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Jose Lobaton (forearm) went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in his return to the Nationals' lineup Tuesday against the Mets.
Lobaton had been sidelined for a couple of days by a bruised right forearm. He's batting .143/.212/.247 in 25 games this season as the backup to Nationals starting catcher Matt Wieters. Jul 5 - 8:20 AM

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X-rays on Jose Lobaton's right forearm came back negative.

Lobaton was struck by a foul ball after entering Saturday's game against the Cardinals as a defensive replacement in the eighth inning. He was stayed in because Washington's only other catcher, Matt Wieters, had already left the game. It sounds like Lobaton was able to avoid a major injury but he'll probably still need a few days to recover.
Jul 1 - 11:09 PM

Jose Lobaton went 2-for-3 with a home run and two runs scored in a win over the Mets on Saturday.

Giving Matt Wieters a breather, Lobaton chipped in with his second homer of the season in the second inning. Both of his homers this season have been solo shots, and he's got just those two RBI in 19 games overall. The 32-year-old backstop is hitting just .152/.200/.273 in those 19 games.
Jun 17 - 8:31 PM

Jose Lobaton (wrist/forearm) will catch in a minor league game on Sunday and return to Grapefruit League action Monday.

Lobaton has been held out of action for over a week because of a wrist/forearm issue. It's a problem he had for a bit last season, as well, but it doesn't appear at this point that the Nationals think it could greatly hinder him.
Mar 19 - 10:09 AM

Nationals and C Jose Lobaton avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.575 million contract.

Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reported the contract terms. Lobaton, who was arbitration-eligible for the fourth time as a Super Two player, earned $1.3875 million in 2016 while batting .232/.319/.374 with three home runs and eight RBI over 114 plate appearances. With Wilson Ramos hitting free agency, he could play a significant role in 2017.
Thu, Dec 1, 2016 05:08:00 PM

Jose Lobaton will start at catcher and bat eighth in Game 5 of the NLDS on Thursday.

Pedro Severino caught for the Nationals in Tuesday's Game 4 loss at Los Angeles. The rest of the lineup is standard for the hosts of this loser-goes-home tilt: Trea Turner CF, Bryce Harper RF, Jayson Werth LF, Daniel Murphy 2B, Anthony Rendon 3B, Ryan Zimmerman 1B, Danny Espinosa SS, Jose Lobaton C, Max Scherzer SP.
Thu, Oct 13, 2016 03:13:00 PM

Jose Lobaton is starting at catcher and batting eighth Monday in Game 3 of the NLDS.

Lobaton hit a big three-run homer in Game 2 on Sunday. The full Nats lineup versus Dodgers right-hander Kenta Maeda: CF Trea Turner, LF Jayson Werth, 2B Daniel Murphy, RF Bryce Harper, 3B Anthony Rendon, 1B Ryan Zimmerman, SS Danny Espinosa, C Jose Lobaton, SP Gio Gonzalez. This best-of-five series is tied 1-1.
Mon, Oct 10, 2016 12:54:00 PM

Nationals manager Dusty Baker said Sunday that Jose Lobaton will likely catch for Gio Gonzalez in Game 3 of the NLDS on Monday.

Lobaton clubbed a three-run homer to beat the Dodgers in Game 2 on Sunday, so it's only fitting that he'll get another shot in the lineup for Game 3 in Los Angeles on Monday. This time, he'll be facing right-hander Kenta Maeda, a pitcher that he has never faced.
Sun, Oct 9, 2016 06:48:00 PM

Jose Lobaton smashed a three-run homer off of Rich Hill in the fourth inning on Sunday, powering the Nationals to a 5-2 victory over the Dodgers in Game 2 of the NLDS.

The win evens the series up at one game apiece. Some pundits questioned Lobaton's presence in the lineup, as he hasn't hit well historically against left-handed pitching, and Pedro Severino hit well in the first game of the series. It looks like Dusty Baker pulled the right card in this one though. Lobaton finished the afternoon 1-for-4.
Sun, Oct 9, 2016 05:06:00 PM

The Nationals are using the same lineup in Sunday's NLDS Game 2 that they were slated to use prior to Saturday's rainout.

That means Jose Lobaton is catching after Pedro Severino caught Game 1. The rest of the lineup is the same as Game 1 and is listed as follows: Trea Turner CF, Bryce Harper RF, Jayson Werth LF, Daniel Murphy 2B, Anthony Rendon 3B, Ryan Zimmerman 1B, Danny Espinosa SS, Lobaton C, Tanner Roark P.
Sun, Oct 9, 2016 10:11:00 AM

As anticipated, Jose Lobaton is indeed starting behind the plate for the Nationals for Saturday's Game 2 of the NLDS against the Dodgers.

That is the lone change to Dusty Baker's lineup from Game 1. The rest of the lineup remains intact with Trea Turner CF, Bryce Harper RF, Jayson Werth LF, Daniel Murphy 2B, Anthony Rendon 3B, Ryan Zimmerman 1B, Danny Espinosa SS, Lobaton C and Tanner Roark P.
Sat, Oct 8, 2016 11:57:00 AM

Nationals manager Dusty Baker implied on Friday that Jose Lobaton would start behind the dish in Game 2 of the NLDS against the Dodgers on Saturday.

Pedro Severino got the call in Game 1 and it appears that Lobaton will get a chance to catch for Tanner Roark in Game 2 on Saturday. The club continues to patchwork a solution together behind the plate with Wilson Ramos sidelined.
Sat, Oct 8, 2016 10:02:00 AM

Jose Lobaton is currently battling an ankle injury.

Lobaton was supposed to get a start over the weekend, but Pedro Severino played instead. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Mon, Sep 19, 2016 04:59:00 PM

Nationals activated C Jose Lobaton from the 15-day disabled list.

He was set to be activated on Friday, but after a day of travel the Nationals decided it would be best to give him another day. He'll return to a reserve catcher role behind Wilson Ramos.
Sat, Aug 20, 2016 03:19:00 PM

Jose Lobaton (elbow) will be activated from the disabled list on Friday.

Ryan Zimmerman (wrist) is also on his way to Atlanta. The Nats are unlikely to keep three catchers, which means Pedro Severino is probably headed back to the minor leagues. Lobaton will assume his normal role as the backup to Wilson Ramos.
Source: MASN Sports
Thu, Aug 18, 2016 08:17:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Matt Wieters
2Jose Lobaton
1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Adam Lind
2B1Daniel Murphy
2Manny Delcarmen
SS1Trea Turner
2Stephen Drew
3Adrian Sanchez
3B1Anthony Rendon
LF1Jayson Werth
2Brian Goodwin
3Ryan Raburn
CF1Michael Taylor
2Adam Eaton
RF1Bryce Harper
2Chris Heisey
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Max Scherzer
2Stephen Strasburg
3Tanner Roark
4Gio Gonzalez
5Edwin Jackson
6Joe Ross
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Ryan Madson
2Sean Doolittle
3Koda Glover
4Shawn Kelley
5Matt Albers
6Oliver Perez
7Enny Romero
8Matt Grace
9Joe Blanton