Jose Lobaton has played in just four games this month and he has not played at all in the last ten days.
Multiple reports this afternoon said the 31-year-old backup catcher was headed to the Disabled List with tendonitis in his left elbow while Pedro Severino was being called back up to take his place on the major league roster.
Severino posted a photo on Facebook from the airport as he prepared to depart for San Francisco, where he'll join the Washington Nationals in time for the second game of their four-game set with the Giants in AT&T Park.
It will be the second stint in the majors for the 23-year-old catcher, who has put up a .259/.307/.324 line with 11 doubles and two home runs in 73 games and 281 plate appearances at Triple-A Syracuse this season.
Dusty Baker was impressed with the work Severino did behind the plate this Spring in his first close-up look at the catcher, telling reporters, including Washington Post writer James Wagner, he liked Severino's work behind and in front of the plate:
"He’s into the game. He calls a good game," Nationals Manager Dusty Baker said. "He can block, he can throw, and he’s really improved as a hitter. The ball jumps off his bat. So all he has to do is live and play."
In 27 games this season, Lobaton has put up a .194/.301/.361 line with a double, triple and three home runs in 83 plate appearances.
The Nationals made the move official this afternoon:
The #Nats have recalled C Pedro Severino from Triple-A Syracuse and placed C Jose Lobaton on the 15-day DL with left elbow tendonitis.— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) July 29, 2016