The Nationals’ roster received a boost on Monday, as Josh Bell, Josh Harrison and Kyle Schwarber were all reinstated from the injured list prior to the series-opener against the Cardinals in St. Louis.

All three players had been sidelined due to COVID-19 protocols, leaving Jon Lester as the only player still on the IL following the Nationals’ season-opening COVID-19 issues.

To make room for the three players on the roster, the Nationals optioned infielder Luis García and outfielder Yadiel Hernandez to the alternate training site, placing them on the taxi squad. Catcher Jonathan Lucroy was designated for assignment, while righty Ryne Harper and T.J. McFarland were returned to the alternate training site.

Lester, who has been doing at-home strength training and core workouts, is likely to get some work in at the alternate training site in Fredericksburg, Va., before rejoining the club.