For now, at least, the Red Sox decided to allow Jon Lester to make his start Saturday in New York.

And one American League scout believes the struggling ace is hardly a lost cause.

"He's not far from being very good," said the scout, who watched Lester implode Sunday at Fenway Park against the Blue Jays. "He's lost feel for his changeup, and he's tentative with his fastball. He's nibbling some. But his stuff is good, his delivery is good. He looked healthy."