Lester scratched from Wednesday start

Jon Lester will not make his scheduled start for the Red Sox on Wednesday night, manager John Farrell said after Tuesday's game, an acknowledgement that Lester is at the center of trade talks before Thursday's trade deadline.

Brandon Workman will start in place of Lester on Wednesday against the Blue Jays.

However, a major league source told ESPN Boston's Gordon Edes that there is no trade in place and that it is still possible Lester will pitch for the Red Sox on Friday against the Yankees. Another source said that neither Lester nor his agent Seth Levinson have been told anything about a trade being done.

There are six teams still in the running, a source with direct knowledge of the talks said, listing them in no particular order: the Pirates, Blue Jays, Athletics, Cardinals, Dodgers and Orioles.

“I think in light of all the uncertainty surrounding Jon Lester, its probably in everyone's best interest that he not make that start so Brandon will be recalled," Farrell said. “There will be a corresponding move rosterwise at some point tomorrow."

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