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Only A Bruise: Lester Struck Near Right Knee

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Jon Lester fell to the mound, struck near the right knee by a line drive off the bat of Melky Cabrera. His head back and eyes closed, he was in great pain.

Trainers from both teams went to the mound. After about 2 minutes, Lester hobbled off with the assistance of Red Sox trainer Paul Lessard, and David Ortiz helped him down the dugout steps.

"It looked terrible; it sounded terrible," Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona said.

It turned out to be not so bad.

X-rays were negative and Lester came away from Friday night's 9-5 loss to the New York Yankees with a bruised quadriceps. He hopes to take his next turn in the rotation.

"I'm fine. Any time you take a ball off any part of your body, you're worried, but the tests came back fine," said Lester, his right knee bandaged from mid-thigh to mid-calf.

He was able to bend the knee normally to put on his jeans.

"After what we saw, it was a big sigh of relief," Francona said. "It's pretty positive that he's going to be OK."

Cabrera wound up with an RBI single that gave the Yankees a 4-0 lead.

"It hit off my knee going about mach seven," Lester said. "It hit me in a good spot, where it didn't do too much damage that, hopefully, I won't miss any time."

Lester allowed five runs and eight hits in 2 1-3 innings. He has been Boston's top pitcher in the second half, entering the night 6-0 with a 2.44 ERA in 11 starts from July 25 on.

"Hopefully the swelling won't get too bad," he said.

This program aired on September 26, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.

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