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A new windup brought a marked improvement for Jon Lester. And he did it against the white-hot Toronto Blue Jays to boot.
But Lester, who had been lacking sharpness over the last month, also
gave everyone a scare in the eighth inning Thursday night when he had to
leave after slipping off the mound while delivering a pitch to Blue
Jays second baseman Emilio Bonifacio.
This was not what the Red Sox wanted to see after the team was forced
to shut down Clay Buchholz for a few days after an MRI revealed
inflammation in the bursa sac area.
The trainer and manager John Farrell dashed to the mound after
catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia summoned them, and they took Lester out.
Lester walked off limping, but said he was fine
afterward. As of now, Lester said he fully intends to make his next
scheduled start and he wasn’t worried about the hip. Nor were the
doctors, he said, after examining him.
“I slipped a little bit,” said Lester, who improved to 8-4 with the
7-4 victory. “The doctors call it a jammed hip; kind of a zinging
sensation down my leg. It’s something I’ve had before. It happens when
you slip or overslide. This was a little different — in the part of the
game we’re in, there’s no point in messing around with it at that
Globe: Lester not concerned with hip injury
Lester claims he's fine, but it wouldn't shock me if the Red Sox take their sweet time getting him back. The fact that he was trying out a new delivery clearly shows he's trying to work some kinks out.
Even though he showed signs of improvement against the Jays last night, we all know that Lester has been horrendous as of late. So why not take this opportunity to work through his mechanics and his new delivery? I mean the Sox can't miss him that much right?
Throw Lester on the DL, call up a youngster for a couple of starts, and get back at it after the All-Star break. I'd rather have Lester get his crap together for the playoff run than rush back to continue to pitch mediocre.
Rest of the links:
Globe: Lester exit doesn't rattle Sox in win over Blue Jays | Globe: Red Sox shut down Buchholz for 2-3 days | Herald: Bursa sacks Clay Buchholz for at least two days | Herald: Second helping for Sox | Herald: Two big plays key to beat Jays | Herald: Bad step dampens Jon Lester's hike | Herald: Another perfect ninth for Koji Uehara | CSNNE.com: Lester says he's OK after awkward landing | CSNNE.com: MRI on Buchholz shows no structural damage | CSNNE.com: Lester scare dampens 7-4 Sox win