Pitcher Jon Lester to make Washington Nationals debut Friday

Mar 28, 2021; West Palm Beach, Florida, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Jon Lester (34) pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals during the third inning of a spring training game at Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports

Left-hander Jon Lester will make his Washington Nationals debut Friday night with a start against the visiting Miami Marlins.

The Nationals reinstated the 37-year-old Lester from the COVID-19 list on Friday.

The three-time World Series champion and five-time All-Star signed a one-year deal with Washington in January.

Lester has a 193-111 career mark with a 3.60 ERA in 424 games over 15 seasons with the Boston Red Sox (2006-14), Oakland Athletics (2014) and Chicago Cubs (2015-20).

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The Nationals also optioned right-hander Steven Fuentes and transferred left-hander Luis Avilan (left elbow inflammation) to the 60-day injured list.

–Field Level Media