Late Tuesday night, the Nationals released catcher Jhonatan Solano, who served as depth at Class AAA Syracuse. Solano, 29, was out of options and the Nationals faced a roster crunch ahead of Thursday’s deadline to add players to the 40-man roster to protect them from December’s Rule 5 draft.
Solano, whose nickname is “The Onion,” saw action in 36 total major league games between 2012 and 2013, hitting .217 with two home runs. The native Colombian spent the season at Class AAA Syracuse, hitting .251/.305/.388 with a career-high 10 home runs but wasn’t called up at any point. He was a first half all-star at Syracuse.
With Solano’s departure, the Nationals will likely lean on Sandy Leon as the third-string backup to Wilson Ramos and Jose Lobaton. Leon, however, is also out of options.
The Nationals’ 40-man roster now has 38 players.