Lester (16-6) picked up the win Saturday against the Reds, allowing just two hits and two walks while striking out nine across seven scoreless innings. Lester was dialed in Saturday, going seven innings for the first time since June 20, which should ease any concerns that the back tightness that forced him from his last start would linger. The veteran southpaw racked up a season-high nine strikeouts en route to his team-best 16th win of the year. He's off to an impressive start to September, posting a 2-1 record, 1.45 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 23:4 K:BB across three starts (18.2 innings). Lester will look to keep things rolling, with a road start against the White Sox next on the docket.
Lester (back) is listed as Chicago's starting pitcher for Saturday's game against the Reds, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports. As expected, it looks like Lester will be capable of making his upcoming start after leaving Monday's outing with lower-back tightness. During that game, he allowed three earned runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out seven in 5.2 innings versus Milwaukee. On the year, Lester has logged a 3.57 ERA and 1.34 WHIP with a 7.3 K/9 across 29 starts.
Lester (back) said he doesn't expect to miss his next start, Bruce Levine of 670TheScore.com reports. Lester exited Monday's game against the Brewers with lower-back tightness, and while he admitted his back was still bothering him Tuesday, the veteran left-hander sounded optimistic about making his next start on schedule. "I'm fine. I'll pitch when they tell me to pitch," Lester said, according to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune. That said, he still needs to visit with trainers, after which there should be a clearer idea regarding his next outing.
Lester exited Monday's start against Milwaukee due to back tightness, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports. Lester didn't look right during the sixth inning, and he was eventually removed with two outs in the frame after the trainer was called out to the mound. The injury isn't expected to keep Lester out of action for long, although we won't know more about his availability moving forward until further evaluation.
Lester was removed from Monday's outing against Milwaukee due to injury, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports. He allowed three runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out seven over 5.2 innings. The athletic trainer came out to check on Lester twice during the sixth inning, and he was removed after the second visit. It's unclear if Lester suffered an injury, or if he was removed due to the situation. He left the ballgame after allowing back-to-back singles, and he'd thrown 89 pitches.