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Jose Lobaton | Catcher | #59

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (31) / 10/21/1984
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 206
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2002 / UDFA / SD
Contract: view contract details

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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. Aug 20 - 3:19 PM

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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
Aug 18 - 8:17 PM

Jose Lobaton (elbow) went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles and a walk Monday in his first minor league rehab game with Triple-A Syracuse.

Lobaton also stole a base, which is something he has never done in 328 games in the majors. The 31-year-old has been out since July 19 with left elbow tendinitis, but he's finally getting closer to rejoining the first-place Nationals.
Aug 16 - 9:12 AM

Jose Lobaton (elbow) will begin a minor league rehab assignment Monday with Triple-A Syracuse.

Lobaton has been out since July 19 with left elbow tendinitis, but he's ready to test himself in game action again. It's unclear how many games he'll need in the minors before being activated, but Pedro Severino will continue to serve as Wilson Ramos' backup for now.
Aug 15 - 5:11 PM

Jose Lobaton (elbow) plans to begin playing catch on flat ground this week.

Lobaton has been shut down from catching or throwing since he landed on the disabled list July 29, retroactive to July 20, with left elbow tendinitis. The injury actually bothers him most when he tries to frame pitches -- a fairly important job for a big league backstop. There's no exact timetable for his return.
Aug 8 - 8:46 AM

Nationals placed C Jose Lobaton on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 20, with left elbow tendinitis.

It's his non-throwing elbow but evidently was giving him enough issue that he needs at least a couple weeks off. Pedro Severino is replacing Lobaton on the roster.
Jul 29 - 4:10 PM

Jose Lobaton is not in Monday's lineup against the Mets.

Lobaton usually catches Gio Gonzalez, but Nationals manager Dusty Baker wants his best lineup against Mets right-hander Bartolo Colon. Wilson Ramos will start behind the plate and bat seventh.
May 23 - 4:38 PM

Nationals and C Jose Lobaton avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.3875 million contract.

Lobaton will continue to serve as a backup catcher to starter Wilson Ramos. The 31-year-old backstop hit just .199/.279/.294 with three homers and 20 RBI across 136 at-bats with the Nationals in 2015.
Wed, Dec 2, 2015 07:42:00 PM

Nationals and C Jose Lobaton avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.2 million contract.

Lobaton was arbitration-eligible for the second time as a Super Two player. The 30-year-old will again back up Wilson Ramos in 2015 after batting .234/.287/.304 with two homers last season.
Thu, Jan 15, 2015 10:11:00 PM

Jose Lobaton (shin) is back in Tuesday's lineup against the Dodgers.

Lobaton missed back-to-back starts with a bruised shin, but it was never a major concern. He'll bat eighth Tuesday against Clayton Kershaw.
Tue, May 6, 2014 03:03:00 PM

Jose Lobaton (shin) is out of the lineup for the second straight day Monday.

Lobaton was hit in the shin by a pitch during Saturday's game and is dealing with some soreness. He's available if needed Monday, but the Nationals would likely prefer resting him for another day.
Mon, May 5, 2014 04:28:00 PM

Nationals acquired C Jose Lobaton, LHP Felipe Rivero, and OF Drew Vettleson from the Rays for RHP Nate Karns.

The Rays and Nats worked on this trade for over a month and finally found a four-player match on Thursday. Lobaton, 29, hit .249/.320/.394 with seven home runs and 32 RBI in 100 games last season for Tampa Bay. He became expendable when the Rays acquired Ryan Hanigan and will likely serve as Washington's backup catcher in 2014.
Thu, Feb 13, 2014 02:05:00 PM

Jose Lobaton has been traded to the Nationals.

The Rays are also sending two minor leaguers to Washington in the deal and getting 26-year-old right-hander Nate Karns in return. Lobaton, 29, batted .249/.320/.394 with seven home runs and 32 RBI in 100 games last season for Tampa Bay. He will serve as a semi-active backup to Nationals starting catcher Wilson Ramos.
Thu, Feb 13, 2014 10:13:00 AM

According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, the Rays and Nationals are again having serious discussions about a trade involving catcher Jose Lobaton.

Topkin is hearing that 26-year-old right-hander Nate Karns, who posted a 3.26 ERA and 155 strikeouts in 132 2/3 innings last season at Double-A Harrisburg, could be involved in the return package for the Rays. The Nationals have been trying to acquire Lobaton for over a month to serve as the backup to starting catcher Wilson Ramos. Lobaton, 29, hit .249/.320/.394 with seven home runs and 32 RBI in 100 games last summer for Tampa Bay.
Wed, Feb 12, 2014 04:10:00 PM

The Rays and Nationals have been discussing a trade for Jose Lobaton "for at least a month,"'s Bill Ladson reports.

The Nationals were one of the teams listed as suitors for the backup catcher by the Tampa Bay Times, and their interest seems to be both legitimate and sustained. Wilson Ramos is the Nats' everyday catcher, but he missed time due to hamstring issues last season and the team has little in the way of a suitable backup after the departure of Kurt Suzuki. Lobaton hit .249 with seven home runs and 32 RBI in 100 games with the Rays in 2013.
Wed, Feb 5, 2014 10:53:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Wilson Ramos
2Jose Lobaton
1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Clint Robinson
2B1Daniel Murphy
2Trea Turner
3Wilmer Difo
SS1Danny Espinosa
2Stephen Drew
3B1Anthony Rendon
LF1Jayson Werth
CF1Ben Revere
RF1Bryce Harper
2Chris Heisey
Starting Pitcher
S1Stephen Strasburg
2Max Scherzer
3Gio Gonzalez
4Joe Ross
5Tanner Roark
6A.J. Cole
Relief Pitcher
R1Mark Melancon
2Jonathan Papelbon
3Shawn Kelley
4Blake Treinen
5Oliver Perez
6Sammy Solis
7Yusmeiro Petit
8Marc Rzepczynski
9Matt Belisle
10Aaron Barrett