Jon Lester, who came out of his start Thursday with a sore right hip, is expected to make his next start on schedule, according to Sox manager John Farrell. That would be on Wednesday against San Diego.
The Sox are off Monday, so Lester would get an extra day of rest.
“He came in and checked in as he would after any other start,” Farrell said. “He feels improved, so we’re considering today similar to any other Day 1 following a start. He does get the advantage of an extra day of rest this next time, through. We fully expect him to be on the mound against San Diego next week.”
Lester had allowed two runs on three hits through seven innings Thursday, his best performance in weeks. After giving up two singles in the eighth inning, he slipped on the mound and jammed his hip.
Lester felt better shortly after the game was over. The lefthander mentioned having hip pain in the past. But Farrell doesn’t feel it’s a major problem.
“Based on all the maintenance work he currently does and the strength exams he goes through, range of motion is good,” the manager said. “There’s nothing that is glaring, There are times when, if the stride direction is a little across his body, he’ll pinch it. I can’t say that there’s the need for some kind of intervention to correct something that’s damaged. That’s not the case.
“The one thing I want to be clear here is that we’re not dealing with a damage situation. He has something that will rear its head every now and then and we’ll move on.”
• RHP Clay Buchholz, who was shut down for a few days to rest his sore shoulder, will start playing catch again Saturday or Sunday.
“He’s feeling improved,” Farrell said. “This is a prescribed time period to not throw. Everything is pointing towards this weekend to initiate that.”
• Farrell did not rule out using closer Koji Uehara for a third consecutive night. If Uehara is not available, the Sox will go with the best matchup in the ninth inning. There is no designated backup closer.
• LHP Franklin Morales, on the disabled list with a strained pectoral muscle, played catch this afternoon with head athletic trainer Rick Jameyson. He won’t be back any time soon but the Sox wanted to get his arm moving again.
• RHP Daniel Bard, who has not pitched for Double A Portland since May 15, has recovered from what the Red Sox said was an abdominal strain. He could pitch in a game soon.