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Cubs Pitcher Jon Lester Could Be Close to Return After Sim Game

Lester has been on the injured list since early April



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    Starting pitcher Jon Lester #34 of the Chicago Cubs delivers the ball against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the home opening game at Wrigley Field on April 08, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. The Cubs defeated the Pirates 10-0. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

    Cubs ace Jon Lester could be close to rejoining Chicago's rotation after pitching a simulated game.

    Lester threw 45 pitches Saturday. Manager Joe Maddon says he looked "very good," and the Cubs will see how he feels Sunday before determining the next step. Maddon did not rule out a return for a three-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Wrigley Field that starts Tuesday.

    Lester strained his left hamstring running the bases April 8 against Pittsburgh.

    Closer Brandon Morrow experienced discomfort following a side session in Arizona earlier in the week and is shutting down his rehabilitation for now. He had elbow surgery in November after missing the second half of last season.

    There is no timetable for his return.

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