Jon Lester to Start Thursday vs Dodgers, Cubs Set Rotation for Weekend in Arizona

The Cubs announced Wednesday afternoon that Jon Lester will make his return to the rotation on Thursday afternoon against the Dodgers, a move anticipated by his recent sim start. He has been on the injured list (hamstring) since hurting himself sliding into home against the Pirates on April 8 at Wrigley Field. Naturally, he had a sense of humor about the injury:

After that game, Lester told reporters he intended to make his next start, but that’s to be expected with the grizzled veteran. The Cubs took a smarter, conservative approach to dealing with the injury and let him rest up on the IL. It sounds like he will be on somewhat of a pitch count Thursday just to ease him back into game action, and Tyler Chatwood could potentially follow Lester after his quality start this past Sunday.

In addition to the Lester news, the Cubs also laid out their rotation plans for the weekend series in Arizona. Kyle Hendricks, Yu Darvish, and José Quintana will oppose the Diamondbacks, in that order.

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Corey Freedman

Corey is a former MLB front office intern turned professional Cubs fan. After spending several years working for multiple MLB teams, he decided it was time to turn baseball back into a passion rather than a career. In between making content for Cubs Insider and being a professional Instagrammer, you can find him in Section 220, blissfully enjoying the season tickets he and his father spent 10 years on the waiting list for.

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  1. The Phillies DFAed LHP James Pazos who was bad in AAA this year but had nice MLB numbers the two years before. Doubt he would make it to them, but would love to see the Cubs put a claim in on him if he did.

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