Severino was called up by the Nationals on Saturday, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports. The Nationals will add a third catcher with rosters expanding for the month. Severino will likely be stuck behind Matt Wieters and Spencer Kieboom. His .171/.256/.254 line certainly doesn't make much of a case for an expanded role.
Severino was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse on Monday, Jamal Collier of MLB.com reports. Severino lost out to Spencer Kieboom for the Nationals' backup job with Matt Wieters returning from a hamstring injury. Severino could be just one injury away from coming back to the big leagues, but his .171/.256/.254 slash line leaves him without much hope to be a fantasy asset if and when that happens.
Severino is out of the lineup Sunday against the Marlins. Severino will head to the bench for the second time this series while Carter Kieboom earns another look behind the plate. With a .171/.256/.254 slash line across 62 games this season, Severino has been one of the worst-performing everyday backstops in baseball this season and could be at risk of falling into more of a timeshare with Kieboom.
Severino went 1-for-5 with a three-run homer in Saturday's win over the Marlins. The home run was Severino's second in his last five appearances (four starts), bringing him up to four for his career -- he totaled two long balls in his first 92 games at the big-league level. Even with this recent surge, Severino is still batting just .171/.256/.254 this season. There should be better options available in two-catcher mixed leagues.
Severino is not in the lineup against Miami on Friday. Severino will take a seat following five straight starts behind the plate. In his absence, Spencer Kieboom will catch Gio Gonzalez and bat eighth.