Lobaton signed a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training with the Mets on Friday. Lobaton will provide added depth at the catching position after spending the last four years with the division-rival Nationals. During the 2017 season backing up Matt Wieters, the 33-year-old slashed a disappointing .170/.248/.277 with four home runs and 11 RBI in 51 contests. Lobaton could begin the upcoming season with Triple-A Las Vegas, but he could find his way up to the major-league level if he's able to hit consistently due to his defensive abilities.
Lobaton (foot) is starting at catcher and batting eighth for Sunday's game against the Mets. Lobaton has been dealing with some foot pain after being hit by a pitch on his left foot during a game Sept. 14. He was able to make a pinch-hit appearance on Thursday and will enter the starting lineup Sunday in place of Matt Wieters, who is receiving the day off.
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.