Cubs' Lester allows 9 runs before exiting in 2nd vs. Reds

Posted August 19, 2017

Lester will be placed on a 10-day disabled list after leaving with left lat tightness Thursday, but it's expected to be a shorter stint and isn't a season-ending injury, 670 The Score's Bruce Levine reported.

It was Cincinnati's most productive inning since scoring 10 runs in August 2015 versus Detroit. Zastryzny has one appearance for the Cubs this season, allowing three earned runs in four innings. He's posted a 8-7 record, 4.37 ERA and 1.27 WHIP.

Lester has actually been struggling for most of the year along with the Chicago Cubs team as a whole. The Cubs' rotation has been an issue all season, and an extended absence from Lester won't help. He's made seven starts since the All-Star break and has posted a 4.69 ERA. The Cubs could be seeing what is in store for the latter portion of Lester's career.

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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.

Although he didn't show any physical signs of pain, Lester was scheduled to see the team physician after the game to determine the severity of damage to the large muscle that extends up from the back into the shoulder area. But with the NL Central as tight as it is, the Cubs can't afford Lester to miss any significant time.