Jon Lester: Physical status 'nothing to worry about'

Rob Bradford
July 21, 2013 - 4:33 am
Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester has been pushed back in his first start of the second half, getting scratched from his scheduled outing on Sunday against the Yankees in favor of a Tuesday start against the Rays. It would be easy to suggest that a delay should set off alarm bells, but Lester saw it differently. Friday, when asked about his physical status heading into the season'€™s second half, Lester told, '€œNobody'€™s feeling great. But nothing to worry about.'€ Manager John Farrell likewise suggested that there was no injury in play, but instead a desire to give his Opening Day starter -- who has thrown the sixth-most pitches in the major leagues this season (2,135) while totaling a team-high 125 2/3 innings -- an extra breather. '€œJust coming out of the break, just general wear and tear through the first half of the season,'€ said Farrell. '€œWe have an opportunity to give [Lester] a couple of extra days coming out of the break and two, he'€™ll benefit from it." For more from Lester on his status entering the second half after posting a 4.58 ERA prior to the All-Star break, click here.