Nottingham was optioned to the Brewers' alternate training site Monday. Nottingham didn't appear in any games for the Brewers to start the year while serving as the team's third catcher. He'll get to continue developing at the team's alternate training site to make room for infielders Ryon Healy and Mark Mathias on the 30-man roster.
Nottingham was recalled by the Brewers on Wednesday. Nottingham spent the first few days of the season working out at the Brewers' alternate training site. He'll be replacing reliever Bobby Wahl on the active roster, who was optioned in a corresponding move. He'll line up as Milwaukee's third catcher and won't have a clear path to playing time.
Nottingham was optioned to Triple-A San Antonio on Thursday, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports. Offseason trade acquisition Omar Narvaez and Manny Pina are locked in as Milwaukee's top two catchers and are currently healthy, so it's no surprise Nottingham will join San Antonio when play resumes. The 24-year-old appeared in nine big-league games in 2019 but spent most of the season at Triple-A and had a .231/.313/.355 slash line with five homers in 83 games.
Nottingham will likely open the season in the minors, according to Will Sammon of The Athletic. Offseason acquisition Omar Narvaez and long-time Brewer Manny Pina are locked in as the club's top two catchers, so there simply is not room on the 26-man roster for Nottingham when both of his fellow backstops are healthy. Nottingham did earn praise for his receiving work this spring from manager Craig Counsell, which at least bodes well for his chances should the Brewers need a fill-in for Narvaez or Pina at any point.
Nottingham (hand) will start at catcher and bat eighth Wednesday in the Brewers' Cactus League game against the Giants. Per Adam McCalvy of MLB.com, Nottingham received the green light to re-enter the spring lineup after taking batting practice Tuesday without incident. The backstop was held out of the past two spring games after he was struck by a pitch in the right hand Sunday.