Lester day-to-day after being hit on knee by liner
|09.25.09 at 8:25 pm ET|
NEW YORK — Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester left Friday’s game after Melky Cabrera lined a single off the inside of the pitcher’s right knee in the bottom of the third inning. Lester immediately collapsed on the mound. He was attended to by Red Sox trainers, but was able to get back to his feet with some assistance. He limped off the field under his own power.
X-rays taken at Yankee Stadium were negative. The injury was described as a contusion of the right quad. The pitcher is considered day-to-day.
Lester left with the Red Sox trailing, 4-0, with one out in the bottom of the third, and ended up being responsible for a fifth run. He had given up all of the runs on eight hits and three walks. He needed 78 pitches to labor through the outing prior to the injury. It was his most runs allowed since May 26.
The 2.1 inning outing was Lester’s shortest of the year. But clearly, the Sox care far less about the pitcher’s availability on Friday or the rest of the regular season than they do about whether he will be available in the playoffs.
More information to come as soon as it is available.
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