Nats trade for reserve catcher Jose Lobaton

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Vettleson was chosen in the supplemental round of the 2010 draft by the Rays, 42nd overall. He had a .718 OPS at low-A Charlotte last season in 467 at-bats. He did register 13 assists playing in right field and center field and he has 45 stolen bases in three pro seasons.

“The other parts of this trade, to me, really added to the value of the trade,” Rizzo said. “Felipe Rivero, we’ve got very, very strong reports on him. He’s pitched at 21 years old in the Florida State League, throws 95, 96, he can spin the breaking ball and he’s got a huge upside. And Vettleson is, again, a 21-year-old outfielder with a cannon for an arm, put up very good numbers in a tough, accelerated, high-A level at 21 years old.” 

Also on Thursday, Washington also placed right-handed reliever Erik Davis on the 60-day disabled list with an elbow sprain. The team is at the maximum 40 players on its roster with Karns and Lobaton swapping places and Rivero taking Davis’ spot.

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