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Nationals reinstate Jon Lester

The Washington Nationals reinstated left-handed pitcher Jon Lester from the Injured List on Friday. Additionally, Washington optioned right-handed pitcher Steven Fuentes and transferred left-handed pitcher Luis Avilán to the 60-day Injured List. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcements.

Lester, 37, will take the mound for his first start as a member of the Washington Nationals on Friday night against the Miami Marlins. Lester went 3-3 with a 5.16 ERA in 12 starts for the Chicago Cubs in 2020. He recorded four starts of 6.0 innings and one or fewer runs allowed. Lester opened the 2020 season strong, posting a 1.06 ERA (2 ER/17.0 IP) with nine strikeouts, four walks and a .177 opponents’ batting average (7-for-60) in his first three starts.

A three-time World Series Champion and five-time All-Star, Lester signed a one-year contract with Washington at the end of January 2021. He joined the Nationals after six seasons with the Chicago Cubs in which he went 77-44 with a 3.64 ERA in 171 starts.

Fuentes, 23, did not appear in a game during his first career Major League stint.

Avilán, 31, appeared in four games prior to being placed on the Injured List on April 17 with left elbow inflammation.

Information from the Washington Nationals is used in this report.

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