Lobaton got the start behind the plate in Tuesday's loss to the Dodgers and went 1-for-3 with a walk, a solo home run and two runs scored. The homer was Lobaton's third of the year but he's hitting just .194/.301/.361 in 72 at-bats on the season. Nats manager Dusty Baker used Monday's off day to give Wilson Ramos an extra bit of rest, but Lobaton isn't likely to start seeing more than about one start a week unless Ramos falls into a major slump.
Lobaton is in the lineup Friday against the Reds, Chase Hughes of CSN Mid-Atlantic reports. Lobaton will start at catcher as Wilson Ramos gets a day off Friday. He only got the chance to start five times in the month of June and is batting just .194/.296/.290 this season.
Lobaton went 1-for-4 with a solo homer Sunday at the Brewers. Lobaton's first homer of the year put the Nationals on the board in the seventh inning, and gave them a lead they'd never relinquish. The backup catcher was playing in just his second game since June 14, and he's slashing .194/.296/.290.
Lobaton is starting at catcher and batting eighth Thursday against the White Sox, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports. Lobaton is seeing rare action given that Wilson Ramos is missing his first start since mid-May. The 31-year-old has gone hitless in his last 12 at bats, reducing his average to a paltry .163 this season.
Lobaton is in the lineup for Saturday's matchup with the Cardinals, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports. Lobaton will fill in for the resting Wilson Ramos behind the plate. He will bat eighth in the order. Expect Ramos to return to the lineup Sunday.