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Nationals' SP Jon Lester threw a three-inning simulated game at the team's alternate site on Thursday.
Lester threw 49 pitches in a three-inning simulated game on Thursday. Manager Dave Martinez said that the outing went well, and Lester will meet with the Nationals' staff today, an encouraging sign for the Nats and fantasy managers alike.
Washington Nationals LHP Jon Lester, who's on the IL following the team's COVID-19 outbreak, will throw around 45-50 pitches in a simulated game on Thursday.
Lester has yet to make his season debut as he adheres to Major League Baseball's COVID-19 protocols. He threw a bullpen session on Tuesday so the next logical step is a simulated game. He'll need a little time to build his strength back up but he should join the Nationals' rotation as a back end starter later this month.
Nationals' SP Jon Lester is scheduled to throw a bullpen session and a subsequent simulated game on Tuesday, per manager Davey Martinez.
After landing on the IL due to MLB's COVID-19 protocols, Lester will have some time to build back up his strength and stamina before rejoining the Nats' starting rotation. Erick Fedde is slated to start tonight's game against the Cardinals, and he will likely remain the Nats' back-end starter until Lester returns.
The Nationals opening day roster includes Trea Turner but does not include Josh Bell, Kyle Schwarber, Josh Harrison, Yan Gomes, Alex Avila, Patrick Corbin, Jon Lester, or Brad Hand, according to MASN's Mark Zuckerman. The Nationals are currently dealing with a COVID outbreak, and these absences are all likely related to positive tests and close contact tracing.
The Nationals are dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak that caused them to postpone their first several games and resulted in them placing nine players on the injured list on Tuesday. We don't know who exactly has tested positive and who has merely been identified as a close contact, but the Nationals are expected to shorthanded for at least the next few days and likely longer. Lester and Patrick Corbin are two members of the starting rotation who figure to miss a minimum of one start.
John Lester says that he felt "good" after throwing two innings of live BP on Sunday.
Although Lester was reportedly only throwing at 75-80%, after recently having a procedure to remove one of his parathyroid glands, this is a positive step for the veteran lefty. Lester gave some indication of returning to live game action in the near future, but manager Dave Martinez said that they are going to continue to evaluate Lester's progress rather than give a definitive timetable for his return.