Jon Lester SP CHC 4 days ago

Lester remains on track to be ready to pitch the opener and will make his last exhibition start Tuesday, MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reports.

He threw 54 pitches in a minor league game Thursday and should ramp up to 75-80 pitches Tuesday in his final start before the regular season opener.

Jon Lester SP CHC 5 days ago

Lester (dead arm) threw 54 pitches in a minor league game Thursday. He struck out three of the 12 batters he faced.

Manager Joe Maddon liked what he saw: "I know his arm feels great and that's all I was worried about," Maddon said of his ace. Lester is expected to throw about 75-80 pitches his next time out, which will probably be his last appearance before Opening Night.

Jon Lester SP CHC 1 week ago

Lester (dead arm) will make two minor league starts prior to taking the ball on Opening Night, CSN Chicago's Patrick Mooney reports.

It was originally thought that Lester would make a Cactus League start Thursday, but instead it will be against minor leaguers, with another such start coming next week. The Cubs want to be able to control the number of pitches he throws, as minor league spring training games can be turned over mid inning. The plan will be for Lester to get to 80 pitches in his final spring start in preparation for the opener against the Cardinals.

Jon Lester SP CHC 1 week ago

Lester (dead arm) threw a side session Monday and is scheduled to start Thursday's spring training game, MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reports.

He threw 50 pitches Monday and also did some fielding drills. Lester said his dead arm was nothing to worry about last week, and that appears to be the case. He remains on track to start Opening Day.

Jon Lester SP CHC 1 week ago

Lester said Saturday that his dead arm is nothing to worry about, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.

"It's something we all go through," he said. "Usually mine is either a little bit early or later [in spring]. I'm sure [manager] Joe [Maddon] said if that was during the season, it wouldn't be an issue." Lester was scratched from his start Saturday, but he's still on target to pitch on Opening Day.

Jon Lester SP CHC 2 weeks ago

Lester will be scratched from Saturday's scheduled start due to "dead arm," Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.

It looks like the Cubs are just being cautionary here, as Joe Maddon said he believes Lester will be fine for the regular season opener. Still, the situation is something to keep an eye on, particularly if discomfort in the arm persists past the weekend.

Jon Lester SP CHC 4 weeks ago

Lester was impressive in his Cubs debut Friday, retiring five of the six batters he faced, including three by strikeout and one by a double play.

Lester gave up just a broken-bat single before inducing an inning-ending double play. He will be the Cubs' Opening Night starter.

Jon Lester SP CHC 1 month ago

Lester will start for the Cubs on Opening Night, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.This isn't a big surprise, as he became the ace of the staff when he signed in December.

Jon Lester SP CHC 4 months ago

Lester has agreed to a six-year, $155 million deal with the Cubs, Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reports.

The Red Sox reportedly offered a six-year, $135 million deal, but the left-hander will reunite with former Boston general manager Theo Epstein on the north side of Chicago and head up the rebuilding Cubs' rotation.

Jon Lester SP CHC 4 months ago

Lester has received a six-year offer from the Red Sox, reported to be in the $110-120 million dollar range, ESPN Boston reports.

The free-agent lefty met with the Red Sox, Cubs and Braves this past week and, according to a source, WEEI.com reports, has visits scheduled with two more teams next week. Another report from WEEI.com cites a source close to the situation who indicates the Red Sox are "willing to negotiate" with Lester and his representatives. That suggests the pitcher is looking for a higher average-annual value.