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07/23/2007 6:46 PM ET
Left-handed pitcher Jon Lester recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket; Right-handed pitcher Joel Pineiro designated for assignment
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BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox today recalled lefthanded pitcher Jon Lester from Triple-A Pawtucket of the International League. Lester will start for the Red Sox on Monday night in Cleveland.

To make room for Lester on the active roster, the Red Sox today designated righthanded pitcher Joel Pineiro for assignment.

The announcement was made by Executive Vice President/General Manager Theo Epstein.

Lester, 23, is 4-5 with a 3.89 ERA in 14 starts with the PawSox in 2007, going 3-1 his last four outings. He defeated Ottawa in last start on July 18 (3 ER/7.0 IP).

The lefthander opened the year on the disabled list while continuing his recovery from lymphoma that required off-season treatment. He was sent to Single-A Greenville on rehab assignment on April 5 and made three starts for the Drive, posting a 2.08 ERA (3 ER/13.0 IP). Lester was assigned to Pawtucket to continue the rehab stint on April 27 and was 0-1, 2.25 (2 ER/8.0 IP). He experienced muscle cramping in his left forearm on May 2 versus Indianapolis and was recalled from the rehab assignment after that start. He spent the next two weeks undergoing treatment before beginning a second rehab stint with the PawSox on May 19. Lester was recalled from that rehab assignment and optioned to Pawtucket on June 11.

Lester will be the eighth pitcher to start a game for the Red Sox in 2007, the second lefthander, joining Kason Gabbard. Tonight will be his first major league appearance since a win on August 23, 2006 at the Los Angeles Angels. Overall, he was 7-2 with a 4.76 ERA in 15 starts in his major league debut with Boston in 2006.

Pineiro was 1-1, 5.03 in 31 relief appearances for Boston this season.

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