Jon Lester says wife’s due date in relation to Red Sox playoffs plans ‘not a worrisome issue’
|09.05.13 at 2:25 am ET|
After the birth of his second daughter Wednesday, Clay Buchholz is back on schedule.
The Red Sox starter is scheduled to make his final rehab start Thursday, pitching for Triple-A Pawtucket in Rochester, N.Y., before returning to the Sox rotation Sept. 11 against the Rays in St. Petersburg, Fla.
The Buchholz birth might not be the last labor-related issue the Red Sox will have to adjust to.
Jon Lester’s wife, Farrah, is due to give birth to the couple’s second child Oct. 2. It is the same day the two American League wild card teams are slated to face-off in a one-game playoff, with the American League Division Series starting two days later.
While Lester isn’t anticipating any conflicts, he does make his priorities clear.
“Nothing you can do,” Lester said. “I can’t make it come out any faster than it wants to. It is what it is and when it’s all said and done the family is the No. 1 priority. If she calls and says she’s having a baby I have to be there. Obviously my job is a little easier to get around than position players, but John [Farrell] has been great with communication on that. If it is an issue, it is.
“Like I said, it’s family first. But when it comes down to it my wife understands what I do for a business, but at the same time I’m not going to sacrifice seeing my son being born.”
The Red Sox faced a tricky situation due to a birth at the end of the 2011 season. Josh Beckett, who was scheduled to pitch a one-game playoff against the Rays the day after the regular season, found out during the regular-season finale in Baltimore his wife had gone into labor.
The Red Sox never had to play the extra game, missing out on the postseason after a loss to the Orioles, but if they had taken on the Rays it would have to have been without Beckett, who left immediately after the last loss to be with his wife and new daughter.
Lester doesn’t anticipate kind of drama, with the Red Sox closing out their season with three games in Baltimore at the end of the month.
“It’s not a worrisome issue,” he said. “It’s not. I’ve got four days in between starts. It’s not going to be an issue. If it is I’m going to see my son be born and I’ll be back the next day if I have to pitch the next day. It’s pretty simple. We’re not going to make this rocket science. Trust me, the doctor we have is a Red Sox fan.”
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