Read cleared waivers Tuesday and was outrighted to Triple-A Fresno, Byron Kerr of MASNSports.com reports. Read was already buried on the Nationals' catcher depth chart, receiving just 11 plate appearances this season. Now that he's no longer on the 40-man roster, he's even further from playing a significant role on the big-league squad.
The Nationals optioned Read to their alternate training site Sunday. Read's latest stint with the big club lasted just one day, as he served as the team's 29th man in its doubleheader Saturday versus the Mets. Assuming the 26-year-old sticks on the Nationals' 40-man roster through the offseason, he'll likely open the 2021 campaign at Triple-A Fresno.
Read was recalled by the Nationals as the 29th man ahead of Saturday's doubleheader against the Mets. Read will serve as a fourth option at catcher for the Nationals on Saturday during their pair of games against the Mets. If he makes an appearance during the doubleheader, he'll be making his 2020 debut on the penultimate day of the regular season.
The Nationals optioned Read to their alternate training site Monday, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports. Though Read cracked the Nationals' 30-man roster out of summer camp, he was merely a luxury piece as a third catcher and was a prime candidate to lose his spot once the team had a need elsewhere. With the team officially adding veteran utility man Josh Harrison to the roster Monday, Read was the unsurprising choice to be cast off the active roster.
The Nationals recalled Read from Triple-A Fresno on Thursday. The expanded 30-man roster allowed Read to break camp with the Nationals, but he'll likely be at the top of the list for a demotion if the team needs to address depth at another position as the season unfolds. Read will be the clear No. 3 catcher in Washington so long as both Yan Gomes and Kurt Suzuki are available.
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