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Jose Lobaton | Catcher | #59

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (32) / 10/21/1984
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 206
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2002 / UDFA / SD
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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

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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

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.
Source: CSNMA.com
Tue, Aug 16, 2016 09:12:00 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.
Mon, Aug 15, 2016 05:11:00 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.
Mon, Aug 8, 2016 08:46:00 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.
Fri, Jul 29, 2016 04:10:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Matt Wieters
2Derek Norris
3Jose Lobaton
4Pedro Severino
5Spencer Kieboom
1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Clint Robinson
3Jose Marmolejos
2B1Daniel Murphy
2Wilmer Difo
3Corban Joseph
4Emmanuel Burriss
5Grant Green
SS1Trea Turner
2Stephen Drew
3B1Anthony Rendon
2Matt Skole
3Brandon Snyder
LF1Jayson Werth
CF1Adam Eaton
2Michael Taylor
3Brian Goodwin
4Rafael Bautista
RF1Bryce Harper
2Chris Heisey
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Max Scherzer
2Stephen Strasburg
3Tanner Roark
4Gio Gonzalez
5Joe Ross
6A.J. Cole
7Austin Voth
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Shawn Kelley
2Blake Treinen
3Sammy Solis
4Oliver Perez
5Koda Glover
6Trevor Gott
7Enny Romero
8Rafael Martin
9Michael Broadway
10Matt Grace
11Jimmy Cordero
12Austin Adams
13Joe Nathan
14Matt Albers