Boston Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester exited Thursday’s start early due to a right hip injury. The ailment showed no ill effects
yesterday, and manager John Farrell told reporters – including Ian Browne of
MLB.com – that Lester is on track to make his next scheduled start.
"He feels improved," Farrell said, "so we're
considering today similar to any other Day 1 following his start. He does get
the advantage of an extra day rest this next time through. We fully expect him
to be on the mound against San Diego next week."
Farrell went on to say that Lester’s range of motion is
good, adding that there is nothing glaring that’s wrong with the southpaw. The
hip discomfort can sometimes impact his stride when he comes to the plate, but
Farrell doesn’t consider there to be a “need for some kind of intervention to
correct something that’s damaged.”
For the second consecutive season, Lester is working on a
season ERA that is north of 4.60. His WHIP isn’t as bad as his ERA would seem
to indicate (1.351), and the 29-year-old does have a record of 8-4 on the year.
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