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Jon Lester goes on disabled list due to lat strain

Jul 6, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

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As anticipated from the moment the injury was announced. Jon Lester has been placed on the disabled list with a strained lat muscle suffered in the fourth inning of his start against the Blue Jays last night.

Reliever Scott Atchison has been called up to take his place on the roster.

Lester takes a 10-4 record and a 3.31 ERA with him to the DL.  The Red Sox will need to replace him in the rotation Sunday against the Orioles.  Depending on whether he’s needed out of the pen, Alfredo Aceves could make that start.  He’s 1-1 with a 5.14 ERA in his four starts this season.

An alternative would be Kevin Millwood, who would pitch on six days’ rest.  He gave up three runs over seven innings in his last start for Triple-A Pawtucket, and is 4-0 with 4.15 ERA overall in seven starts for the club.

Judging by the way Lester finished his outing last night, the strain he suffered couldn’t have been particularly severe.  The Red Sox haven’t provided a timetable for his return, but it’s possible he’ll miss just two or three starts.

It’s Lester’s first trip to the disabled list since 2007.

  1. Joe - Jul 6, 2011 at 4:27 PM

    i.e. since he recovered from cancer.

  2. riverace19 - Jul 6, 2011 at 4:41 PM

    Good job Joe, I was going to say the same thing.
    Really weird last night… he did let on at all that he injured himself, but merely struck the batter out, walked slowly to the dugout, and right up the tunnel to the trainer’s room.
    Francona mentioned before he needed a little rest, and already skipped a Lester start about a month ago.
    I’m not saying he’s not hurt, but I bet if this were mid September in a close race old Jawwnny Lestah would be pitching.

  3. aceshigh11 - Jul 6, 2011 at 5:20 PM

    Mother pussbucket!

    Ah, well…at least the AS game is coming up…it’ll give him more of a chance to recuperate without missing too many starts.

  4. purdueman - Jul 6, 2011 at 6:02 PM

    When Steve Stone mentioned Lester going to the DH during today’s WGN TV national broadcast of the Royals-White Sox game, Hawk immediately quipped: “He Gone!!!”. 😮

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