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Lobaton injures right shoulder

Posted Apr 12, 2012 by Roger Mooney

Updated Apr 12, 2012 at 06:32 PM

ROGER MOONEY
DETROIT
Catcher Jose Lobaton hurt his shoulder while trying to catch Tigers catcher Alex Avila stealing second in the fifth inning. He kept playing but said his shoulder hurt while throwing the ball back to RHP Jeff Niemann.

Jose Molina replaced Lobaton in the sixth inning.

Lobaton said he was examined by a team doctor and was told the injury is to a muscle.

“(The doctor) said it’s not going to be so bad, but I don’t know,” Lobaton said. “I’ve got to wait to see how my shoulder reacts (Friday). I hope its nothing.”

So do the Rays, who are thin at that position. If Lobaton lands on the disabled list the candidates to be called up are Nevin Ashley and Craig Albernaz. Chris Gimenez is on the Durham disabled list with a groin injury.

Lobaton said he doesn’t think the injury is similar to the one he suffered while playing winter ball. This injury is more of a pinch in the back of his shoulder.

“I don’t really know if it’s going to be a couple days, if it’s going to be a week,” he said. “I don’t really know.”

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