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Jon Lester | Starting Pitcher | #34

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (33) / 1/7/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 240
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
Drafted: 2002 / Rd. 2 (0) / BOS
Contract: view contract details

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Cubs placed LHP Jon Lester on the 10-day disabled list with left shoulder fatigue and left lat tightness.
It's not ideal, obviously, but the good news is Lester's shoulder and lat are structurally sound. President of baseball operations Theo Epstein expects Lester to miss "only a start or two." Mike Montgomery will slide into the Cubs' rotation in the meantime. Aug 18 - 12:31 PM

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After an initial exam Thursday night, the Cubs are hopeful that Jon Lester (lat) will only miss 1-2 starts.

Lester was sent to see Dr. Stephen Gryzlo for a more in-depth exam, and it's possible Gryzlo will determine the injury is more serious. However, at least initially, it appears that the left-hander might not miss too much time. Even in a best-case scenario, a trip to the disabled list is virtually guaranteed. We'll find out more about Lester's condition later Friday. Mike Montgomery will fill in as long as Lester is out.
Aug 18 - 9:14 AM

Jon Lester (lat) is headed to see Dr. Stephen Gryzlo.

This comes after Lester exited Thursday's start with lat tightness. The left-hander was blown up for nine runs in that start and didn't throw with his usual velocity. The Cubs aren't expected to update Lester's status until Friday at the earliest, though it's a near certainty that he'll be placed on the disabled list. Mike Montgomery, who logged 4 1/3 innings out of the bullpen on Thursday, is an obvious candidate to replace Lester in the starting rotation.
Aug 17 - 7:24 PM

Jon Lester departed his start Thursday against the Reds due to left lat tightness.

Lester called for a trainer after throwing 40 pitches in a brutal second inning that saw the Reds post nine runs -- seven of which were charged to the veteran southpaw. Lester might not be able to take his next turn in the Cubs' rotation and could even require a disabled list stint. He'll be reevaluated on Friday.
Aug 17 - 3:47 PM

Jon Lester left with a trainer in the second inning of his start Thursday against the Reds.

Lester had allowed a whopping eight runs -- seven earned -- on one walk and seven hits in the top of the second when he signaled toward the dugout. He didn't appear seriously hurt, but look for a status update sometime this afternoon on the veteran left-hander. Cincinnati wound up scoring nine total runs in the frame.
Aug 17 - 3:05 PM

Jon Lester allowed four runs - three earned - with seven hits and two walks over six innings in a loss at Arizona on Saturday.

Lester salvaged the line with nine strikeouts, but he wasn't close to his best. He also uncorked a wild pitch while checking in with a game score of just 51. The veteran southpaw is now 0-1 with a 4.86 ERA across three starts in August. He'll look to get back in the win column in his next scheduled turn Thursday afternoon at Wrigley Field against the Reds.
Aug 13 - 12:02 AM

Jon Lester surrendered three runs on six hits over 6 2/3 innings in Sunday's loss to the Nationals.

Lester allowed one run in the third inning and two more in the seventh. He finished up his afternoon's working having struck out seven and walked one. The veteran southpaw will carry an imperfect 3.97 ERA and 1.22 WHIP into a road date with the Diamondbacks when he next takes to the mound.
Aug 6 - 6:13 PM

Jon Lester struck out nine but lasted just four frames to take a no-decision in the Cubs' 16-4 blowout win over the Diamondbacks.

Funnily enough, Lester's biggest contribution in this one was with his bat, as he drilled his first career home run in the third inning with a two-run shot off of Patrick Corbin. He did at least have the nine punchouts, but Lester walked three batters and hit one, getting his pitch count all the way up to 104 over four frames to force an early hook. He'll try for better results Sunday versus the Nationals at Wrigley.
Aug 2 - 12:05 AM

Jon Lester's next start has been moved up to Tuesday.

Lester had been slated to pitch Wednesday against the Diamondbacks, but instead he'll get the ball for Tuesday's series opener. With Chicago off on Monday, he'll be pitching on normal rest. The Cubs moved Lester up a day so he could attend his uncle's funeral on Wednesday. It's possible the Cubs could place Lester on the bereavement list to get an extra roster spot, though obviously he won't be missing any starts.
Jul 29 - 7:10 PM

Jon Lester was sharp in Thursday's win over the White Sox, surrendering just two runs on four hits over seven innings.

Lester tallied a modest four strikeouts while walking one over his seven innings of work. He had a slight problem keeping the ball in the park -- Willy Garcia and Jose Abreu both connected for solo dingers off the southpaw -- but otherwise had the game on lockdown throughout. Lester will carry a 3.88 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 130/39 K/BB ratio (130 innings) into a home showdown with the Diamondbacks next time he takes to the mound.
Jul 27 - 10:52 PM

Jon Lester yielded three hits and two runs over eight sparkling frames Saturday in a victory against the Cardinals.

Lester racked up 10 strikeouts and didn’t allow a free pass. The left-hander was brilliant on Saturday, going toe-to-toe with Adam Wainwright in an epic pitcher’s duel at Wrigley Field. Lester retired the first 17 hitters he faced before Wainwright broke up his perfect game with a two-out single in the sixth inning. Despite his dominance, Lester ended the afternoon on a sour note by allowing back-to-back home runs to Paul DeJong and Randal Grichuk in the eighth inning. Lester has been picture-perfect since his meltdown against the Pirates on July 9 (10 runs in 2/3 of an inning), compiling a stunning 1.80 ERA over his last two outings. He’ll take a 7-6 record into his next start Thursday against the White Sox.
Jul 22 - 7:57 PM

Jon Lester fired seven innings of one-run ball Monday in the Cubs' 4-3 victory over the Braves.

Lester had eight days to ruminate about that 10-run drubbing by the Pirates in the Cubs' first-half finale and he returned with a vengeance on Monday night in Atlanta, yielding just three hits and one walk while striking out six. The veteran left-hander is now 6-6 on the season with a 4.07 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, and 116/38 K/BB ratio in 115 innings. Chicago has won four straight games coming out of the All-Star break.
Jul 18 - 12:09 AM

Jon Lester imploded in Sunday’s loss to the Pirates, yielding 10 runs (four earned) on six hits over 2/3 of an inning.

He walked three and served up two homers including a grand slam by Francisco Cervelli. Barely half of his 53 pitches went for strikes as Lester allowed 10 of 12 base-runners to reach before mercifully getting the hook from manager Joe Maddon. Most of the damage against Lester was self-inflicted though the Cubs’ defense somehow made things worse by committing two errors. Lester’s meltdown provided a fitting end to what was a miserable first half for the defending World Champs. His 4.25 ERA is his highest at the break since 2013.
Jul 9 - 6:24 PM

Jon Lester allowed six runs -- five earned -- over five innings Tuesday in a loss to the Rays.

Lester was pounded for nine hits, including a two-run homer by Tim Beckham in the top of the fourth. That turned into a five-run frame for the visiting Rays, who held on for a 6-5 victory despite a late rally by Chicago. Lester is now 5-5 this season for the defending World Series champions, who sit one game under .500 with the All-Star break rapidly approaching.
Jul 4 - 6:07 PM

Jon Lester was superb Thursday in a no-decision against the Nationals, allowing three hits and one run over six standout innings.

He fanned seven while issuing three free passes. Lester got off to a shaky start, walking two of the first three batters he faced but was lights out after that. He allowed just three base-runners after the first inning and was helped out by catcher Willson Contreras, who threw out a pair of would-be base stealers (that’s two more than Miguel Montero has thrown out this year). Lester’s next start will come Wednesday against the Rays.
Jun 29 - 8:06 PM

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6Mike Montgomery
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