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Rays place catcher Lobaton on disabled list

Rays place catcher Lobaton on disabled list

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Rays place catcher Lobaton on disabled list
ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays placed catcher Jose Lobaton on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left knee after Sunday's 16-inning, 1-0 loss to the Red Sox.

To fill in for Lobaton, Tampa Bay has recalled Robinson Chirinos from Triple-A Durham. The 27-year-old was hitting .265 with five homers and 22 RBIs before getting the call.

Chirinos was acquired in the offseason trade that sent Matt Garza to the Chicago Cubs.

Lobaton, 26, played in just three games since arriving from Durham on Friday. In that time, he went hitless in four at-bats and was called for catcher's interference late in Saturday's game.

He made his first start on Sunday night after making strides at the plate at Durham, where he hit .293 with eight homers and 31 RBIs to go along with an impressive .410 on-base percentage.

During Spring Training, manager Joe Maddon met with Lobaton multiple times to discuss with him some of the holes in his game -- his lack of patience at the plate, among other things.

Lobaton didn't put his head down. He went to work.

"I tried to get more patient at the plate," he said. "I tried to get walks because I know the team likes walks. I said, 'I'm going to try to play how the team wants.'"

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