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 a solid .265/.312/.455 in 108 games for Double-A Harrisburg.
Read was sent to Double-A Harrisburg on a rehab assignment Friday, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports.
Read has been out all season while serving a suspension for testing positive for a performance-enhancing susbstance. The assignment is listed as a major-league rehab assignment, though it's not known where Read will end up once he's eligible to return from his suspension in mid-July. He appeared in just eight games at the major-league level for Washington last season.
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.
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