Published: Sat, August 19, 2017
Sport | By Cecil Buchanan

Cubs place LHP Lester on disabled list

Cubs place LHP Lester on disabled list

Or, the Chicago Cubs may see a resurgence from Lester if his struggles have been due to injury.

Lester made some history before he exited.

Lester will be placed on a 10-day disabled list after leaving with left lat tightness Thursday, but it's expected to be a shorter stint and isn't a season-ending injury, 670 The Score's Bruce Levine reported. Look for the Cubs to call up a reliever on Friday to take Lester's roster spot. Either Mike Montgomery or Eddie Butler, now stationed in Triple-A, would make the most sense. It was the 11th batter of the inning and he walked off the field.

Joey Votto had a three-run homer in the outburst.

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Even with Lester's rough outing, the starting staff has a 3.28 second-half ERA which is fourth in baseball and they're averaging almost a half inning more a start compared to the first half. Though they enter the weekend in first in the National League Central, they hold just a one game lead over the Milwaukee Brewers and a 1 1/2-game lead over the St. Louis Cardinals.

Starter Jon Lester didn't last past the second inning, giving up seven earned runs.

However, after visiting with a specialist, there's good news for Lester and the Cubs. It appears Lester will, at least, be back well in time for the playoffs, if Chicago can make it in.

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