Gushue cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Iowa on Thursday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports. Gushue was designated for assignment by the Cubs on Monday but will remain in the organization after going unclaimed on waivers. He'll report to Iowa, where he has a .272/.328/.440 slash line with five homers, 27 RBI and 14 runs in 36 games.
The Cubs designated Gushue for assignment Monday, Tim Stebbins of NBC Sports Chicago reports. Gushue appeared in two games, going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts after the Cubs called him up Wednesday. Now, he gets demoted to make way for veteran backstop Robinson Chirinos, whom the Cubs signed and activated Monday.
Gushue's contract was selected by the Cubs on Wednesday, Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic reports. Gushue served as a non-roster invitee during camp this spring and will now serve as the Cubs' backup catcher after Jose Lobaton (shoulder) was placed on the 60-day injured list Wednesday. Gushue hit .272 with five home runs and 27 RBI in 36 games with Triple-A Iowa to begin the year, but he hasn't yet made his major-league debut.
Gushue signed a minor-league deal with the Cubs on Friday that includes an invitation to major-league spring training, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports. The 27-year-old was in Washington's 60-man player pool last year and spent the entire season at the alternate training site. Gushue had an .875 OPS in 74 games at Triple-A in 2019 and has yet to make his big-league debut.
The Nationals added Gushue to their 60-man roster pool Wednesday, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports. The 27-year-old backstop provides Washington with another depth option behind the plate after Welington Castillo (personal) announced last week that he would opt out of the 2020 season. The Nationals are expected to rely heavily on the tandem of Yan Gomes and Kurt Suzuki behind the plate, so unless one of those two catchers misses time during the 60-game season, Gushue likely won't be much of a factor for Washington. Gushue has yet to appear at the MLB level but turned in a productive season with Triple-A Fresno in 2019, slashing .312/.358/.517 over 268 plate appearances.
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