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Jose Lobaton | Catcher | #59

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (33) / 10/21/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 212
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2002 / UDFA / SD
Contract: view contract details

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X-rays on Jose Lobaton's left ankle came back negative.
Lobaton was lifted from Thursday's game after being hit by a pitch, but he escaped a serious injury. He'll be unavailable for a few days, though. Sep 15 - 3:02 PM

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Jose Lobaton was removed from Thursday's game against the Braves after being hit by a pitch.

With two outs in the second inning, Lobaton was drilled in the left ankle area by a Mike Foltynewicz offering. He'll presumably head for X-rays to make sure there's no structural damage.
Sep 14 - 8:18 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

C1Matt Wieters
2Jose Lobaton
3Raudy Read
4Pedro Severino
1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Adam Lind
2B1Daniel Murphy
2Wilmer Difo
SS1Trea Turner
2Stephen Drew
3Adrian Sanchez
3B1Anthony Rendon
2Kelvin Gutierrez
LF1Adam Eaton
2Howie Kendrick
3Ryan Raburn
CF1Michael Taylor
2Brian Goodwin
3Victor Robles
4Andrew Stevenson
RF1Bryce Harper
2Alejandro De Aza
3Rafael Bautista
Starting Pitcher
S1Max Scherzer
2Stephen Strasburg
3Tanner Roark
4Gio Gonzalez
5Edwin Jackson
6A.J. Cole
7Erick Fedde
8Joe Ross
9Jefry Rodriguez
Relief Pitcher
R1Sean Doolittle
2Brandon Kintzler
3Ryan Madson
4Koda Glover
5Shawn Kelley
6Matt Albers
7Oliver Perez
8Enny Romero
9Matt Grace
10Joe Blanton
11Sammy Solis
12Austin Adams
13Wander Suero