ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Ask John Farrell if Jon Lester is injured.
“He’s absolutely fine physically,” Farrell said.
Ask pitching coach Juan Nieves.
“He’s 100 percent. Jon told me he’s never felt better,” Nieves said.
“I feel great and I’ve felt great physically all year. Last night [Tuesday] was probably the best I’ve felt physically,” he said.
So the manager, pitching coach and pitcher are all on record saying there’s nothing physically wrong with Lester, who walked seven batters, allowed eight hits and seven runs in clearly one of the worst outings of his career in Wednesday’s 8-3 loss to Tampa Bay.
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