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Washington Nationals reinstate Tanner Rainey from IL

Apr 21, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Washington Nationals relief pitcher Tanner Rainey (21) throws to the St. Louis Cardinals during the seventh inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Nationals reinstated right-handed reliever Tanner Rainey from the COVID-19 injured list Thursday after he initially was a deemed a close contact to a teammate who tested positive.

Rainey missed six games for the Nationals, who optioned right-handed pitcher Kyle McGowin to Triple-A Rochester.

Rainey, 28, was put on IL after fellow reliever Erick Fedde tested positive for COVID-19 — despite being fully vaccinated. Fedde remains in quarantine.

Rainey is 0-2 with a 7.30 ERA in 16 relief appearances. He’s struck out 15 in 12 1/3 innings.

McGowin, 29, has pitched to a 4.15 ERA with five strikeouts in eight appearances out of the bullpen this season.

–Field Level Media