At least, as real as it can get in early March.
Lester threw 38 pitches on Wednesday, facing 13 minor league batters in his first game-style action of the spring. He surrendered five hits and hit a batter, but walked none and struck out one.
“I felt fine,” the lefty told reporters when his work was done. “Physically I guess the whole point of today was to get through the first one, get some innings and some up and downs, get ready for some real game action.”
“I feel great health wise,” he said. “As far as the season, go back to the old cliché where it’s a long season and we’ll see what happens. Hopefully stay healthy, pitch every five days and everything else will take care of itself at the end.”
He’ll get his first real game action on Monday afternoon against the Tampa Bay Rays, Boston pitching coach Juan Nieves announced after Lester’s simulated game. As for the competition he faced on Wednesday, Nieves said pitching to minor-leaguers is not always easy.
“It’s tough competition "
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