Cubs' Jon Lester expected to miss a few starts with lat issue

Cubs' Jon Lester expected to miss a few starts with lat issue

Lester managed to record only five outs before being pulled from the game. He's managed a 5.40 ERA due in large part to a persistent home-run problem. In an inning of work, he allowed two runs on a hit and two walks, while striking out two.

Lester's nine-run inning Thursday ballooned his ERA to 4.37, but there's no question he's the ace of the rotation and the man the Cubs will be counting on come October.

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.

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Lester gave up 10 runs in two-thirds of an inning at a start versus Pittsburgh on July 9. After all, Lester leads the Cubs in innings pitched and has the best FIP among starters.

However, after visiting with a specialist, there's good news for Lester and the Cubs.

Lester and the Chicago Cubs are used to much more success than they've experienced this season. He signed a six-year, $155 million deal before the 2015 season.

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That sound you heard was a giant sigh of relief from Wrigley Field, as the Chicago Cubs believe that Jon Lester's injury is relatively minor.

The Cubs said after the game Thursday that Lester was dealing with tightness in his left lat. The NL Central is a tight race right now and Lester's under-performance and injury could be a major factor.

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