The Nationals reinstated Alex Avila, Yan Gomes, Brad Hand and Jordy Mercer from the COVID-19 injured record, per a staff announcement. Carter Kieboom, Tres Barrera and Ryne Harper have been optioned, whereas Cody Wilson was reassigned to the alternate coaching website. Washington was with out 9 gamers for his or her season-opening collection in opposition to the Braves on account of coronavirus unfold among the many staff. Jon Lester, Patrick Corbin, Josh Harrison, Josh Bell and Kyle Schwarber stay on the COVID IL.
The return of Avila and Gomes offers the Nats’ their anticipated catching tandem again in time for Friday afternoon’s contest in opposition to the Dodgers. Whereas Barrera was optioned out, Washington elected to maintain Jonathan Lucroy on the lively roster, so the Nats will go together with three backstops in the interim.
Wilson, in the meantime, was designated as a “alternative participant” below the 2021 COVID-19 protocols. He was referred to as up briefly as a part of the preliminary wave of reinforcements, however he has now been faraway from the 40-man roster with out having been designated for project or uncovered to waivers.