Lobaton (foot) was hit by a pitch during Thursday's contest, and will need a few days off to recover, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports. Lobaton wasn't walking with a limp, according to manager Dusty Baker, but he will receive some time off after exiting Thursday's affair. Upon his return to the field, Lobaton will slide back into his backup role behind Matt Wieters at the catching position.
Lobaton was removed from Thursday's game against the Braves in the second inning after being struck by a pitch on the left foot, Jamal Collier of MLB.com reports. The extent of Lobaton's setback was not immediately disclosed, but he will not return to Thursday's contest. He was replaced behind the plate by fellow catcher Pedro Severino.
Lobaton went 2-for-5 with a double, a run scored and three RBI in Thursday's rout of the Brewers. While he didn't join in the Nats' eight-homer barrage, Lobaton continued to produce in one of his occasional starts. The 32-year-old catcher has a strong .286/.348/.619 slash line through seven games in July with two homers and six RBI, but as long as Matt Wieters is healthy, Lobaton won't see enough playing time to be useful in most fantasy formats.
Lobaton underwent evaluation after taking a foul ball off his right forearm Saturday, but X-rays came back negative, Mark Zuckerman of MASNsports.com reports. Lobaton, who replaced starting catcher Matt Wieters in the eighth inning, remained in the game after he was hit by the foul tip, but underwent the X-rays as a precaution. It wouldn't be a surprise if the 32-year-old backstop is a little sore from the incident, but all indications are that he's good to go.
Lobaton is hitting .147 with two home runs and two RBI this season for Washington. Now in his fourth season with the Nationals, the 32-year-old veteran is having a poor year at the plate, even by his standards, as the batting average is on pace to be his career worst. His strength remains on the defensive side of the game, which is great for manager Dusty Baker but doesn't do much to help fantasy owners.
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