Barrera (suspension) was reinstated from the restricted list Friday, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports. Barrera was originally hit with an 80-game ban after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug, but he evidently had his suspension reduced to just 60 games. He could potentially push for playing time as a backup catcher next season, though he's played in just two big-league games and none at the Triple-A level.
Barrera was suspended 80 games Saturday after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports. Barrera wasn't expected to serve on the Nationals' major-league roster this season, but he'll be forced to sit out the entire 2020 campaign and part of next season. The catcher played most of the 2019 season with Double-A Harrisburg, where he hit .249/.323/.381 with eight home runs and 46 RBI.
Barrera was optioned to Triple-A Fresno on Thursday, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports. This isn't all too surprising, as Barrera is buried behind a trio of veterans (Yan Gomes, Kurt Suzuki and Welington Castillo) on the depth chart. The backstop spent most of the 2019 season with Double-A Harrisburg, slashing .249/.323/.381 with eight home runs in 101 games.
Barrera had his contract selected from Double-A Harrisburg by the Nationals on Sunday, Dan Kolko of MASN Sports reports. The 24-year-old will provide some additional catching depth after Kurt Suzuki (elbow) got hurt Saturday. Barrera had a .249/.323/.381 slash line with eight home runs in 101 games at Double-A.