After final tuneup, Lester says he's ready for opener

After final tuneup, Lester says he's ready for opener
March 26, 2014, 7:00 pm
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Jon Lester had a new experience this spring -- starting slowly and building later in recognition of the deep postseason run the Red Sox enjoyed.

On Wednesday, he made his final spring training outing and declared the spring a success. He'll start for the Red Sox on Monday on Opening Day in Boston.

"The biggest thing was [being] healthy and [I] made it through,'' said Lester, who pitched six innings for Class A Salem against a Minnesota Twins Single A affiliate, allowing one run on three hits. "I feel pretty good now. When you're going through [a reined in spring] early on, you want to get going, you get amped up, you get tired of throwing bullpens. But I think it went well.
It put me in a good position.

"Regardless of any program you have, it's the individual's responsibility to be ready. That's a big thing. You can't just go through the motions. Yeah, I feel like I'm in a good place right now.''

Lester is happy with the way his repertoire -- with one minor exception.

"This year, I haven't thrown a lot of changeups,'' he said. "I threw a couple today that I was happy with. The one that's kind of dragged behind for me is my curveball. I don't know if that's just arm strength or repetition. But it will come. It's not something I'm concerned about.''