ST. PETERSBURG - OCTOBER 04: Catcher Jose Lobaton #31 of the Tampa Bay Rays watches as the Texas Rangers celebrate their victory in Game Four of the American League Division Series at Tropicana Field on October 4, 2011 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
Rays Swap Molina Back-Ups, Can't Catch an Offensive Break at C
#Rays reinstate C Lobaton from DL, send Gimenez to AAA Durham— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) May 28, 2012
Lobaton, 27, was placed on the 15-day disabled list for a shoulder injury following an early exit from the game against the Detroit Tigers on April 13th. Appearing in just four games on the 2012 season, Lobaton is hitting .200/.333/.300, with two hits, one double, two walks, and one run scored while striking out twice.
Gimenez, 29, returns to Durham following a disappointing (if consistent with his career) twenty four game call-up with the Rays, where he went .191/.236/.206, with thirteen hits, one double, four walks, and seven runs scored while striking out fifteen times. Gimenez has four partial seasons of professional experience, with a career line of .176/.270/.257.
Lobaton returns as the primary backup to Jose Molina, 37, who is hitting .179/.247/.308 on the 2012 season.