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Jon Lester: Physical status ‘nothing to worry about’

07.21.13 at 8:33 am ET

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 WEEI.com, ‘€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.

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