Swihart was released by Washington on Monday, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports. Swihart will head to free agency after being let go. He spent the 2021 season with Triple-A Rochester, slashing .198/.299/.339 with five home runs, 17 RBI and two stolen bags.
Swihart signed a minor-league deal with the Nationals as a non-roster invitee Wednesday, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports. Swihart was let go by the Rangers in late August after dealing with a sore thumb early in the season. He was unable to find another roster spot during the 2020 season but will now compete for a backup catcher role with the Nationals during spring training. The 28-year-old last appeared in the big leagues with the Diamondbacks and Red Sox in 2019, hitting .163 with four home runs, 13 RBI and 36 strikeouts over 99 plate appearances.
Swihart was released by the Rangers on Tuesday. Swihart was dealing with left thumb soreness at the end of camp and worked at the Rangers' alternate training site to begin the season. He'll now search for a new organization. It's unclear whether he'll be able to find a spot on another 60-man roster during the 2020 season. The 28-year-old has slashed .243/.301/.355 during brief stints in the majors over five seasons.
Swihart was scratched from the lineup ahead of Saturday's intrasquad game due to left thumb soreness. It doesn't sound as if the issue is too serious, though it's not yet clear when Swihart is expected to return to action. Even if healthy, Swihart is unlikely to fill a major role for the Rangers this season, as he's hit just .243/.301/.355 over parts of five big-league seasons.
Swihart was added to the Rangers' 60-man player pool Sunday. Swihart, who is not on the 40-man roster, offers position versatility to Texas' player pool. The 28-year-old entered MLB as a catcher with the Red Sox and since added outfield to his resume and has played some first base as well. That makes him a no-brainer to maintain in the pool. However, that the 2011 first-round pick has never had a chance to stick to one position for a sustained period of time has been a hindrance to his career.