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|2015 Season (CBSSports.com)||219.00||4.00||.237||21.00||24.00||0.00|
|Games Played By Position|
|vs Hamels (Career)||6||2||0|| .333||.333||.333|
|vs LHP||0||0||0||1.000|| ---|| ---|
|Last 10 Games|
Yunel Escobar, Wilson Ramos, Tyler Moore out of Nationals' lineup
|by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com|
|(4/18/15) Nationals third baseman Yunel Escobar is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Phillies. Escobar was questionable with a groin injury. He's been replaced by Danny Espinosa, who is batting seventh in the lineup.
Manager Matt Williams said Escobar "felt pretty good" Saturday morning. He will receive an MRI.
Infielder Emmanuel Burriss is not in the starting lineup for Washington's Triple-A affiliate, Syracuse, leaving open the possibility that Escobar may be placed on the disabled list later today.
Two other Nationals regulars are out of Saturday's lineup: Catcher Wilson Ramos and left fielder Tyler Moore. Jose Lobaton gets the start at catcher, batting eighth. Clint Robinson is in left, batting fifth.
Nationals' Wilson Ramos not in lineup Monday
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
|(4/13/15) Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos is not in the starting lineup for Monday's game against the Red Sox in Boston.
Jose Lobaton, who is 0 for 3 in one game this season, will draw the start behind the plate and bat seventh. Ramos is 4 for 20 with one double and one home run in five games.
The Nationals will also welcome back left fielder Jayson Werth, who is batting cleanup Monday. The Nationals are underdogs (+115) in Boston.
Nationals seeking improvement in bench production for 2015
|by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com|
|(3/30/15) The Nationals' bench struggled when pressed into action a season ago, as the group only mustered a combined .143 batting average with 18 RBI.
With stars Jayson Werth, Denard Span and Anthony Rendon likely to open the year on the disabled list, the Nationals know bench production will be key early on in the season. The Nationals bring back some guys that came off the bench a year go, including Danny Espinosa, Kevin Frandsen and Jose Lobaton.
Their numbers will need to improve for the Nationals to sustain success offensively, especially when dealing with injuries.
One possibility to take a bench spot is Tony Gwynn Jr., who's hitting .375 with two RBI this spring.
"You want to set a tone for the team, especially when you are missing cogs like Rendon, Werth and Span," Gwynn said via MLB.com. "You have to be able to fill those voids. There are reasons they are paid the top money they are paid. They are not easy cogs to replace. You try to piece it together as a team and hope you can keep the ship afloat until those guys get back."
Nationals, Jose Lobaton avoid arbitration
|by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com|
|(1/15/15) The Nationals have avoided arbitration with catcher Jose Lobaton, according to CSN.
Lobaton is set to receive $1.2 million this year. The 30-year-old Lobaton hit .234/.287/.304 over 214 at-bats last year. He's set to open the year as the team's backup catcher.
|Upcoming 7 Games|
|4/25/15||@ MIA||4:10 pm||Tom Koehler|
|4/26/15||@ MIA||1:10 pm||Dan Haren|
|4/27/15||@ ATL||7:10 pm||Eric Stults|
|4/28/15||@ ATL||7:10 pm||Julio Teheran|
|4/29/15||@ ATL||7:10 pm||Alex Wood|
|4/30/15||@ NYM||7:10 pm||Jacob deGrom|
|5/1/15||@ NYM||7:10 pm||Matt Harvey|