Read was handed an 80-game suspension for violating the league's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program after testing positive for Boldenone, a performance-enhancing substance, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports. The catcher will begin serving his suspension at the beginning of the 2018 season and will not receive any pay during that time. Read was promoted to the big leagues once rosters expanded last September, and he wound up collecting 11 plate appearances during his first stint with the club. At this time, Read is one of four catchers on the active 40-man roster. He will likely report to Triple-A Syracuse following the conclusion of his suspension in early June.
Read was called up from Double-A Harrisburg on Friday, Mark Zuckerman of MASNsports.com reports. Read earned his first trip to the big leagues by hitting 17 home runs and posting a respectable .767 OPS over 108 games with Harrisburg this season. He slots in as the third catcher on the roster -- and could eventually fall behind Pedro Severino as well -- so expect his playing time to be minimal.
Read was returned to the Nationals minor league camp Monday, The Washington Post reports. After being added to the 40-man roster this offseason following a solid but not spectacular 2016 campaign for High-A Potomac, Read will get his first crack at the Double-A level this year. Further improvement, both at the plate and behind it, could put him in line to make his big league debut sometime in 2018, but he only profiles as a backup option at catcher down the road.