Jon Lester pushed back to Tuesday, Ryan Dempster to start Sunday vs. Yankees

Mike Petraglia
July 20, 2013 - 9:54 am

The Red Sox are giving Jon Lester a little extra time after the All-Star break to re-discover his groove. Manager John Farrell, at the end of his Saturday pre-game briefing with reporters, announced that Lester would be pushed back from his scheduled Sunday night start to Tuesday night against the Rays. Ryan Dempster will start in Lester's place on Sunday in the series finale against the Yankees. Monday's starter, originally slated to be Dempster, will be determined later, though Farrell hinted that depending on how the bullpen shakes out the next two days, it could be Brandon Workman, who started the final game before the All-Star break on July 14. '€œJust coming out of the break, just general wear and tear through the first half of the season, we have an opportunity right now to give him a couple of extra days out of the break that he could benefit from," Farrell explained. Farrell said Lester did not express any health concerns. '€œNot a concern, but when we came back in for a workout Thursday, and just going through the normal throwing program we'€™ve done the last couple of days, we just felt like two extra days will help him," Farrell said.