[Ed. note: This was put together before news broke that Lobaton was going on the DL. However, we still think the comments are relevent. The difference now is that the Rays may want Lobaton to get his timing back in the minors before bringing him back.]
Joe Maddon spoke about Jose Lobaton prior to the catcher’s first start last night. And while Maddon is never short of praise for his players, he sure sounds like Lobaton is ready to be big league catcher and is not just an injury fill-in. And if that’s the case, as long as he doesn’t look overmatched at the plate, Lobaton could be here to stay (via TampaBay.com).