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Chicago Tribune Mar 26, 2015

Jon Lester's arm looks alive in minor league start

MESA, Ariz. — Jon Lester threw 54 pitches and topped out at 93 mph in a minor league start Thursday morning.

Jon Lester's arm looks alive in minor league start

MESA, Ariz. — Jon Lester threw 54 pitches and topped out at 93 mph in a minor league start Thursday morning.

Jon Lester with mixed feelings on minor league outing

MESA, Ariz. -- Chicago Cubs pitcher Jon Lester stopped short of declaring himself ready for Opening Day but after throwing 55 pitches on Thursday in a minor league contest against Cubs farmhands he’s getting closer. “I have one more start,” Lester said afterward. “I don’t like to look past the next one. … It’s not my first rodeo. We’ll figure it out.” Lester hit between 90-93 mph on the radar gun and both he and his catcher, David Ross, agreed that his fastball was mostly good but his off-speed stuff was not as sharp after missing a start recently due to a fatigued...
Lookout Landing Mar 21, 2015

3/21: Open game thread

Happy Felix Day! Well today was supposed to be a sort of preview of Game One of the World Series, with our very own Felix Hernandez facing off against the Cubs' new $155 million dollar man, Jon Lester. Lester, however, was pulled from today's start with what the Cubs are calling a "dead arm period," which I guess is different from a serious dead arm, and hopefully different from a period too, and now this is just getting weird. He's expected to be fine, though, so we'll just have to wait until October to see this matchup actually take shape. Of course, the good news is that it's still Felix...
Chicago Tribune Mar 21, 2015

Jon Lester not worried about 'dead' arm

MESA, Ariz. -- Jon Lester arrived at the Chicago Cubs' clubhouse Saturday morning with his backpack and nothing that would indicate he is suffering from a "dead" left arm.

Jon Lester not worried about 'dead' arm

MESA, Ariz. -- Jon Lester arrived at the Chicago Cubs' clubhouse Saturday morning with his backpack and nothing that would indicate he is suffering from a "dead" left arm.

Jon Lester says fatigue issue is normal

MESA, Ariz. – OK, Chicago, take a deep breath. Cubs pitcher Jon Lester says his “dead arm” is nothing to be concerned about and it would not stop him from pitching if this were the regular season. “It’s not something out of the ordinary,” Lester said Saturday morning. “There’s no point in trying to grind things out now. If this was April 15, it wouldn’t be an issue.” Lester was scratched from his scheduled spring start on Saturday, but says he’s not in any pain and that it’s just normal “body fatigue.
Fenway Nation Mar 20, 2015

Jon Lester To Miss Next Start Due To 'Dead Arm'

(AP Photo)Former Red Sox (and current Chicago Cubs) ace Jon Lester will miss his next start due to what is being described as a "dead arm". At this stage of Spring Training it's not unusual for pitchers to lose some velocity and effectiveness due to so-called dead arm syndrome. In his last start on Monday, Lester was shelled for seven runs by the Padres. According to new Cubs manager Joe Maddon, this setback will not affect the left-hander's scheduled start on Opening Day against the St. Louis Cardinals. Said Maddon, "I checked in this morning. He's feeling great so we just want to back off...

Maddon on Lester: 'I could not be more proud of a player'

MESA, Ariz. -- Calling it a "beautiful moment," Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon was thoroughly impressed by pitcher Jon Lester's attitude after giving up six runs in 3.1 innings against the San Diego Padres in Monday's 7-0 loss. "I was so proud of Jon Lester," Maddon said Tuesday morning. "Lester would not permit [catcher] Welington Castillo to take blame for any of his shortcomings yesterday." Maddon happened to overhear his pitcher and catcher talking while he was getting a drink of water.

Spring recap: Padres solve Jon Lester

Brandon Morrow pitches strong and the Padres bats come alive in a shutout Monday.
Fenway Nation Mar 12, 2015

Now Pitching For Boston, #31—Dana Eveland?

Eveland (L), Lester (R)Pedro Martinez gets the special treatment—and so does Jason Varitek, Tim Wakefield and (amazingly) Roger Clemens. The treatment in question is the protection of a former player's number from being worn by a clearly inferior individual. Unfortunately, that favor was not accorded to Jon Lester—recently departed to the North Side of Chicago. Lester's old jersey #31 is now being worn by (get ready for this) Dana Eveland. Now, while Eveland is also a left-hander, his talent level is several rungs below Lester—several. Why the Red Sox chose to allow this (along with...
Boston Herald Mar 12, 2015

Dana Eveland dons Jon Lester’s old 31

FORT MYERS — No. 31 walks around the Red Sox clubhouse as anxiously as anybody hoping to avoid unemployment.While most teams had no interest in seeing him pitch at this time last year, he believes his left arm can still spin a vicious slider and he’s hoping it might land him a chance to pitch out of the Sox bullpen at some point this season.But nobody told Dana Eveland about his number.

Jon Lester, Miguel Montero strike early

MESA, Ariz. -- Strike one. It sounds like such an easy concept. As a pitcher, if you can throw strike one, your odds of a good outcome are drastically better. Just ask Chicago Cubs ace Jon Lester. “Anytime you can put the hitters in a defensive mode, that makes your job a little easier,” Lester said after his second spring start for his new team on Wednesday. The statistics back that up. According to ESPN Stats & Information, batters’ OPS last year was .

Lester super as Cubs (finally) earn first win

MESA, Ariz. -- The Chicago Cubs became the last team in baseball to record a spring win after defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-3 on Wednesday. First W took little long but we got it— miguel montero (@miggymont26) March 11, 2015 The good: Jon Lester worked quickly through his three innings, giving up just three singles along the way. One was erased by a double-play ball in the second, while two other runners were stranded in the third.
Northwest Herald Mar 7, 2015

Lester pitches 2 scoreless innings in spring debut with Cubs

MESA, Ariz. – For Jon Lester, it was just the beginning of the road to opening day. Nothing more, nothing less.

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