By Maureen Mullen
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BOSTON -- Even before he underwent an MRI Wednesday to determine the severity of his latissimus strain, the Red Sox had already decided to put Jon Lester on the disabled list.
It was kind of . . . a no-brainer, manager Terry Francona said before Wednesday's 6-4 win over the Blue Jays. He didnt put up much of a fight.
After the game, the Sox issued a statement from team medical director Dr. Tom Gill:
Jon Lester had an MRI today which confirmed the diagnosis of a latissimus strain. He will be treated with a period of rest from throwing, followed by progressive strengthening program. There is no specific timeframe for his return at this time. His status will be better defined following the All-Star break.
Lester, who is 10-4 with a 3.31 ERA in 18 starts this season, left Tuesdays game against the Blue Jays after the fourth inning. He had not given up a hit at the point, allowing just one walk.
Right-hander Scott Atchison was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket to take Lesters spot on the roster. This is Atchisons fourth call-up this season. He has appeared in seven games for the Sox this season, spanning 13 13 innings, posting an ERA of 4.73.
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Among the reactions to the news that Bobby Valentine was possibly being considered to be the US amassador to Japan in President Donald Trump’s administration was this beauty from Kevin Youkilis.
Valentine famously called out Youkilis early in his stormy tenure as Red Sox manager in 2012. Remember? "I don't think he's as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason," Bobby V said of Youk at the time.
The Red Sox traded Youkilis to the White Sox for two not-future Hall of Famers, outfielder Brent Lillibridge and right-hander Zach Stewart, later that season.
Youkilis, now Tom Brady’s brother-in-law by the way, had a 21-game stint playing in Japan in 2014 before retiring from baseball.
Major league manager. Inventor of the wrap sandwich. Champion ballroom dancer. And…
US ambassador to Japan?
Bobby Valentine is on the short list for that position in President Donald Trump’s administration, according to a WEEI.com report.
The former Red Sox manager (fired after a 69-93 season and last-place finish in 2012), and ex-New York Mets and Texas Rangers, skipper, also managed the Chiba Lotte Marines in Japan’s Pacific League for six seasons.
When asked by the New York Daily News if he's being considered for the post, Valentine responded: "I haven't been contacted by anyone on Trump's team."
Would he be interested?
"I don't like to deal in hypotheticals," Valentine told the Daily News.
Valentine, 66, has known the President-elect and Trump's brother Bob since the 1980s, is close to others on Trump’s transition team and has had preliminary discussions about the ambassador position, sources told WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford.
Valentine, currently the athletic director of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., is also friendly with current Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who, like Valentine, attended the University of Southern California.