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Nationals designate Miguel Montero for assignment

Sean Doolittle, Miguel Montero

Washington Nationals relief pitcher Sean Doolittle, left, celebrates with catcher Miguel Montero, right, after the team’s 6-5 win over the Cincinnati Reds in a baseball game Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

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The Washington Nationals have designated catcher Miguel Montero for assignment to make way for Matt Wieters, who is coming off the disabled list.

Montero, 34, signed with the Nationals shortly before spring training and began the season as Wieters’ backup. When Wieters went on the DL Montero was pressed into starting service and went 0-for-11. That caused Dave Martinez to put Pedro Severino in and he has gone 7-for-19 with a couple of doubles making Montero, as the British say, redundant.

Montero has hit .256/.340/.411 with 126 homers in his 13-year big league career, but he’s fallen off quite a bit in the past few seasons. Barring some catcher injuries elsewhere, it’s hard to see where he might latch on anyplace.

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