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Lester optimistic about quick recovery

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  July 11, 2011 07:14 PM

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PHOENIX — Jon Lester can't pitch, but he came out for the game anyway. His wife, Farrah, and 1-year-old son Hudson are along for the ride. Farrah missed the game last year as she was about to give birth.

“This year is more for her,” he said. “He’ll never remember it, just pictures. It’ll be fun to share it with them, this whole debacle of the next two days.”

As for his strained lat, Lester was very optimistic.

“Everything is good. We’re on track. Its one those deals where right now we’re waiting,” he said. “We’re no-throw for a couple of more days and everything should be fine after that.”

Lester, who was injured on July 5, is feeling better in recent days.

“Absolutely,” he said. “Everyday has been getting better. The day after it felt better than it did the day before and so forth.”

Lester had an examination on Sunday and checked out well. He will join the team in Tampa on Thursday and hopes to start playing catch then. He has already returned to some weight lifting exercises.

“We want to make sure that when I throw, there aren’t any setbacks,” he said.

Lester is eligible to come off the disabled list on July 22. He hopes to return on or close to that day. The key, he said, would being healthy enough to pitch in the bullpen a few times leading up to that.

“That’s the way it feels as of now. But I haven’t picked up a ball,” he said. “If it hurts when I throw, we’re not getting anywhere. … I can’t give you a timetable. I think once I pick up a ball and throw, we’ll have a better idea.”

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