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Red Sox option LHP Jon Lester to Pawtucket
06/11/2007 5:18 PM ET
BOSTON -- The Red Sox today activated lefthanded pitcher Jon Lester from the 15-day disabled list and optioned him to Triple-A Pawtucket of the International League.

The announcement was made by Executive Vice President/General Manager Theo Epstein.

Lester, who had been on the disabled list for the entire 2007 season, had been on his second rehab assignment at Pawtucket since May 19. In that span, he is 1-1 with a 1.93 ERA (5 ER/23.1 IP) in five starts. He lost to Ottawa in his last appearance on Saturday, allowing five hits and three runs in 2.2 innings.

The lefthander opened the year on the disabled list while continuing his recovery from lymphoma that required off-season treatment. He was sent to Single-A Greenville on rehab assignment on April 5 and made three starts for the Drive, posting a 2.08 ERA (3 ER/13.0 IP). Lester was assigned to Pawtucket to continue the rehab stint on April 27 and was 0-1, 2.25 (2 ER/8.0 IP). He experienced muscle cramping in his left forearm on May 2 versus Indianapolis and was recalled from the rehab assignment after that start. He spent the next two weeks undergoing treatment before beginning the second rehab stint with the PawSox.

Overall, Lester is 1-2 with a 2.01 ERA (7 ER/31.1 IP) in seven starts with Pawtucket this season.

Lester, 23, made his major league debut with the Red Sox in 2006, going 7-2 with a 4.76 ERA in 15 starts.

Jon Lester's 2007 statistics

TeamW-LERAGGSCGIPHRERBBSO
Greenville0-02.0833013.01133215
Pawtucket1-22.0177131.123771120

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