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The Chicago Cubs can breathe a sigh of relief after Jon Lester left Thursday’s start against the Cincinnati Reds after just 1.2 innings with a lat injury. 

Per Bruce Levine of 670 The Score, Lester may only need “a short DL stint” before returning to the Cubs’ starting rotation.   

Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reported Thursday the Cubs were “bracing for the possibility” Lester could miss the rest of the regular season. 

Cubs manager Joe Maddon said after the team’s 13-10 loss against the Reds that he was concerned but didn’t want to draw any premature conclusion. 

“When a pitcher of his stature is potentially injured, of course, you’re concerned,” he said, per’s Carrie Muskat. “I don’t want to jump to conclusions either. Let’s go through the proper procedures, let the doctor see him and go from there. Right now, I’m not going to jump to any negative conclusions.”

Lester has had a rough season with a 4.37 ERA, but the four-time All-Star leads the Cubs with 26 starts and 148.1 innings pitched. 


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