Read (suspension) was reinstated from the restricted list and optioned to Triple-A Syracuse on Saturday, Dan Kolko of MASN Sports reports. Read had been out all season after testing positive for Boldenone. The Nationals have been struggling at the catcher position and could eventually turn to Read, who appeared in eight games for the team last season after hitting .265/.312/.455 in 108 games for Double-A Harrisburg.
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.