PHOENIX -- Talking during the media interview session for the American League All-Stars, Jon Lester said that his injured left lat muscle has been progressing well and the hope is he will be able to start throwing again when joining the team in St. Petersburg, Fla. Thursday.
"Everything is good. We're on track," Lester said. "It's one of those deals where right now we're waiting. i think we're no-throw for another couple of days and we should be fine after that. We'll just move on and it's one of those deals where we're trying to prepare for the rest of the season. We're not preparing to make a start next week. It's important, but it's not as important as a start in September or October.
"Every day has been getting better. The day after felt better the day before and so forth until now. There's really not a whole lot of treatment you can do to it besides ice. But every day has a been great."
Lester, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a lat strain after leaving his July 5 start following just four innings, met with the medical staff Sunday and said, "everything checked out great." He didn't believe, based on the progress thus far, a rehab assignment would be necessary.
"I would think going through the whole DL process if I haven't thrown a bullpen by the time I'm ready to come off the DL I would imagine yes (to a rehab start), but the way it's been feeling the last couple of days I would hope not," Lester said. "I think with this whole thing we'll be able to ramp it up pretty quick, get one or two bullpens in pretty quick and we should be fine.
"It went from the day where I did anything it hurt, to where things got better, to the past two days I haven't felt it. Now we have to make sure when I throw it doesn't hurt. If it hurts when I throw we''re not getting anywhere. As long as it doesn't hurt when I start throwing it should progress pretty quickly."
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