Jon Lester insists extra rest afforded him was precautionary

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Red Sox starter Jon Lester reiterated to reporters earlier that the team’s decision to have him make his second-half debut on Tuesday was simply precautionary rather than due to an injury. After a strong start to the season, Lester has hit the skids, posting a 6.27 ERA in his last 11 starts.

Lester threw a 35-pitch bullpen today, then spoke to the media about the extra rest afforded him. Via WEEI’s Alex Speier:

“We have the opportunity to do it, so, sitting down and talking about it, we felt like it was a good time. We moved it to Tuesday, and everything’s fine,” said Lester. “Just getting ready for Tuesday. Nothing out of the ordinary, nothing crazy. Just kind of a normal day in the life of me.”

Lester also refused to blame his struggles on any kind of injury. The lefty will oppose Roberto Hernandez of the Rays on Tuesday.