BOSTON -- That sound you heard may have been a collective sigh of relief coming from the offices on Yawkey Way.
Jon Lester came out of Thursday's game in the eighth inning after jamming his hip on a pitch, but on Friday manager John Farrell said he expects Lester to make his next start.
Good news for a team that's already missing Clay Buchholz, its best starter this season, who has been on the disabled list since June 9.
"[Lester] came in today and felt as he would after any other start," Farrell said. "I think he has improved. We're considering today similar to any Day One following a start."
Farrell explained that Lester will have the benefit of getting an extra day off before his next projected start -- Wednesday at home against the Padres -- since the Red Sox have an off day on Monday.
"We fully expect him to be on the mound against San Diego next week," Farrell said.
Pitching to Toronto's Emilio Bonifacio in the top of the eighth of Boston's eventual 7-4 win, Lester threw a ball that ran the count to 3-and-0. Following his release, he bent over in some discomfort, and was forced to come out of the game.
Lester later said he landed awkwardly and felt a stinging sensation in his hip and down his leg. After the game, however, he said he felt fine.
“I slipped a little bit,” he said Thursday. “I guess the doctors were kind of calling it a little jammed hip, type of zinging sensation down my leg. Something I’ve had before in years past, on particular nights when you slip or over-stride. But this was a little bit different, and then obviously the part of the game that we were in, no point to really mess around with it at that particular juncture of the game.
“I actually feel fine now. Walking off the field, it just kind of stays with you for a little while, and then after the docs looked at me, I feel normal. Hopefully that will carry over to tomorrow and we won’t have to worry about it.”
Even as early as last night, Lester believed he'd make his next scheduled start.
“I’m not too worried about it," he said. "The doctors didn’t seem worried about it. We’ll come in tomorrow and figure it out. The way I’m figuring it is I’ll pitch on my normal turn and maintain it and see how we go.”
Before the throwing the pitch that took him out of the game, Lester had pitched better than he had in over a month.
He made it into the eighth inning for the first time since May 10 and won his the second straight start after allowing just two runs in the first seven innings.