Lester exits win with injury

The Guru
Contributing Writer

Red Sox starter Jon Lester left Thursday night's 7-4 win against the Blue Jays in the eighth inning with an apparent lower body injury.

Red Sox manager John Farrell and the training staff were called out to the mound by catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia after Lester seemed to slip delivering a pitch. Farrell wasted no time in bringing in reliever Junichi Tazawa.

Initial reports after the game seemed hopeful. Farrell said, "[Lester] jammed his right hip, but there doesn't seem to be anything lingering."

Farrell intimated that the slick conditions on the mound may have been a cause.

Back in the clubhouse Lester said it felt a bit like a stinger, but feels "normal" now. He expects to make his next start against the Padres next week.

Lester was dealing prior to the injury. The Sox left-handed ace did not give up a hit until the fifth inning. Lester was charged with four runs over seven innings, striking out five and walking three.

It was Lester's longest outing since May 25. Lester is now 8-4 on the year.

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