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Jon Lester insists extra rest afforded him was precautionary

Jul 21, 2013, 8:20 PM EDT

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Red Sox starter Jon Lester reiterated to reporters earlier that the team’s decision to have him make his second-half debut on Tuesday was simply precautionary rather than due to an injury. After a strong start to the season, Lester has hit the skids, posting a 6.27 ERA in his last 11 starts.

Lester threw a 35-pitch bullpen today, then spoke to the media about the extra rest afforded him. Via WEEI’s Alex Speier:

“We have the opportunity to do it, so, sitting down and talking about it, we felt like it was a good time. We moved it to Tuesday, and everything’s fine,” said Lester. “Just getting ready for Tuesday. Nothing out of the ordinary, nothing crazy. Just kind of a normal day in the life of me.”

Lester also refused to blame his struggles on any kind of injury. The lefty will oppose Roberto Hernandez of the Rays on Tuesday.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Jul 21, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    Yeah. Precautionary.

    Because we’d hate for you to start sucking.

    Like you have for, aside from a few starts early on this season, since September of 2011.

  2. proudlycanadian - Jul 21, 2013 at 9:05 PM

    Precautionary for what reason? The Red Sox are probably worried about something.

    • uyf1950 - Jul 21, 2013 at 9:14 PM

      How much rest does a pitcher need? He last pitched on July 13, had he pitched today that would have been on 7 days rest. Chit that’s like a weeks vacation.

  3. wheels579 - Jul 21, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    Also precautionary was adding “afforded him” to an otherwise succinct headline just in case anyone reading this post couldn’t understand Lester was the one receiving the extra rest.

    • Bill Baer - Jul 21, 2013 at 9:21 PM

      “afforded him” specifies that the team was the one giving him the time off, rather than Lester demanding it.

  4. raynman49 - Jul 21, 2013 at 9:21 PM

    Matt Garza.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 21, 2013 at 9:28 PM

      For whom? Would they be willing to give up Middlebrooks and a couple of decent pitching prospects?

      • raynman49 - Jul 21, 2013 at 9:45 PM

        Why not? They need a starting pitcher now. Do they have someone in the minors that could step in? If so, do it. Clay is a China Doll, and who knows what’s with Lester.

      • 18thstreet - Jul 22, 2013 at 9:04 AM

        Hard to see why anyone would want Middlebrooks right now. And that includes the Red Sox, who (a) are doing fine without him and (b) have a prospect ready for next year at third. If you’re a Sox fan, you’re deluding yourself to think Middlebrooks has any trade value — and certainly not to the Cubs, who have a GM/President who each believe in OBP.

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