Jon Lester threw a bullpen session on his route back to the rotation. Lester is scheduled to return to the rotation on this Monday at Fenway Park against the Kansas City Royals. Lester’s return couldn’t come at a better time, the Red Sox are hurting for consistent starting pitching.
Terry Francona said that the team is working at building the left-hander up, and the manager was delighted with how Lester threw in the session. The skipper called it “tremendous” and said the lefty will throw again on Friday.
Lester has been on the DL since July 6 with a left latissimus (near his shoulder) strain, and Francona said the Red Sox will probably hold him back a little Monday, limiting him to 80-90 pitches.