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Jon Lester exits no-hit bid with strained lat muscle

Jul 5, 2011, 8:16 PM EDT

Jon Lester AP

9:00 p.m. EDT: Lester left Tuesday’s game with a strained left lat muscle.  The Red Sox didn’t even try calling him day-to-day, so it sounds like he’ll be placed on the DL on Wednesday.  Michael Bowden could be called up to help out of the pen until a fifth starter is needed.

8:45 p.m. EDT: The Red Sox have gone an unusually long time without any update on Lester’s condition, which doesn’t seem like very good news.  Plus, Jose Bautista just broke up the Lester-Albers combined no-hitter that lasted 5 2/3 innings.

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No word yet on what might be wrong, but Jon Lester was just removed from his start against the Blue Jays on Tuesday after throwing four hitless innings.

Lester showed no sign of injury on his final pitch of the fourth, a cutter that caught Adam Lind looking.  The Red Sox, however, got Matt Albers up in the bottom of the inning and brought him in to replace Lester in the top of the fifth.

Lester, who wasn’t picked for next week’s All-Star Game, is 10-4 with a 3.43 ERA this season.  He left with a 3-0 lead tonight, but since he didn’t go five, he’ll be ineligible for the victory.

If Lester joins rotation mates Clay Buchholz (back) and Daisuke Matsuzaka (elbow) on the DL, the Red Sox could pull Alfredo Aceves out of the bullpen to replace him.  Alternatively, they have Kevin Millwood in Triple-A.  Since a poor debut with Pawtucket, he has a 3.47 ERA and a 33/10 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jul 5, 2011 at 8:22 PM

    Very strange! He seemed to be OK.

  2. Glenn - Jul 5, 2011 at 8:55 PM

    I’m rooting for the “intestinal turmoil” that has been going through the Sox roster, though he walked off the mound too slowly for a man about to come down with that illness.

    • bobwsc - Jul 6, 2011 at 10:29 AM

      “Dinkie had the sh|ts so he had to sleep in the barn…”

  3. pisano - Jul 5, 2011 at 8:58 PM

    Maybe he constipated.

  4. amandamartino - Jul 5, 2011 at 9:01 PM

    Gordon Edes just tweeted “Left lat strain” and Heidi Whatney on NESN said the same thing.

  5. frankvzappa - Jul 5, 2011 at 9:02 PM

    The last thing we need. This is turning into last year all over again.

    • aceshigh11 - Jul 5, 2011 at 9:31 PM

      That’s exactly what I was thinking. We practically lost our entire starting lineup and a few starters by the end of the year.

      This year hasn’t been nearly as bad YET, but it’s starting to get to the point where I’m worrying.

  6. Ari Collins - Jul 6, 2011 at 1:32 AM

    Seems like an awfully good time to trade for a starter, with your #2, #3, and #5 starters on the shelf.

    • uyf1950 - Jul 6, 2011 at 5:38 AM

      Ari, do I sense/hear just the faint whisper of the “injury” comment creeping into your post? If I didn’t know better I might mistake that for a “whoa is us” type of comment.

      • Ari Collins - Jul 6, 2011 at 11:47 AM

        Not at all. Most of those injuries are (hopefully) very short term. If Buchholz and Lester went down for the year, then the team would be truly unlucky.

        Just an opportune time for a trade, with the deadline approaching and the rotation uncertain and depleted.

  7. uyf1950 - Jul 6, 2011 at 5:43 AM

    Matthew, do you think the title of your blog is a little mellow dramatic. After all Lester did only pitch 4 innings. Do you normally headline all your blogs for every pitcher that has gone 4 innings without giving up a hit as “exits no hit bid…” I’m just curious.

  8. dirtyharry1971 - Jul 6, 2011 at 1:25 PM

    Bring up Millwood!!! YESSSSSSSSSSS!!

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