Arteaga cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Rochester on Tuesday, freelance baseball writer Byron Kerr reports. Arteaga made his first major-league appearance of the season Friday and went 0-for-3 with an RBI. He's hit .227 with a home run, nine RBI and seven runs across 20 games with Triple-A Rochester this year, and he'll remain in the organization going forward after he went unclaimed on waivers.
Arteaga was designated for assignment by the Nationals on Saturday, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports. Arteaga started in Friday's loss to the Dodgers with Trea Turner (finger) unavailable, and he went 0-for-3 with a run. However, he'll now be cast off the 40-man roster to make room for Alcides Escobar, who was acquired from the Royals on Friday and added to the active roster as part of a corresponding move.
Arteaga signed a minor-league contract with Washington in early February, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports. Arteaga made his big-league debut for the Royals in 2019, appearing in 41 games. He failed to impress, hitting just .197/.258/.230. He's never posted an above-average batting line in the minors, and his only stop with a wRC+ above 90 came in rookie ball all the way back in 2012, so there's little reason to believe he'll suddenly emerge as a productive hitter.
Arteaga was released by the Royals on Sunday. Arteaga returned to the Royals on a minor-league deal during the offseason and spent the start of the year on the 60-man roster. However, he'll now search for a new organization after failing to maintain a role with Kansas City.
Arteaga will be a part of the Royals' 60-man player pool this season, Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reports. He hit .087/.160/.087 as a non-roster invitee this spring prior to the shutdown. While Arteaga may see action in the majors this season, it would likely be as a bench infielder.