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Red Sox place John Lackey on DL with elbow injury

May 16, 2011, 7:31 PM EDT

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With his ERA up to 8.01 after he gave up nine runs in a third straight loss Wednesday, John Lackey was placed on the disabled list Monday due to what the Red Sox are calling a strained right elbow.

Reliever Scott Atchison was called up to take his place.

The Red Sox didn’t immediately announce who would start in Lackey’s place Tuesday against the Orioles, but it figures to be knuckleballer Tim Wakefield.  He hasn’t pitched since working in relief during Lackey’s last start, so he’s all ready to go.

As noted last week, Lackey is dealing with some major off-field issues at the moment.  The Red Sox might just be placing him on the DL so that he can get out of the spotlight and go down to the minors to work on the mechnical adjustment he made in a bullpen session over the weekend.

  1. ryanmallettsbluntwrap - May 16, 2011 at 7:34 PM

    Pretty much had to at this point , wake doesn’t have much left , but hell somehow pitch a good game about 1 of every 3 starts . Best of luck to Lackeys wife.

  2. kevinbmorrison - May 16, 2011 at 7:35 PM

    Doesn’t Lackey have a clause in his contract that spending time on the DL with an elbow injury triggers an option so he plays a 6th year at the league minimum?

    • consistentlyerratic - May 16, 2011 at 7:55 PM

      According to info from Cot’s Baseball Contracts ( there is a “2015 club option at Major League minimum salary if Lackey misses significant time with surgery for pre-existing elbow injury in 2010-14.” So, it’s only if he has surgery, AND if the surgery is deemed to be related to his pre-existing elbow injury, whatever that was.

      • bloodysock - May 16, 2011 at 7:58 PM

        That clause has a few conditions (length of time, pre-existing condition, etc.). I’mpretty confident this trip to the DL will not trip that option.

      • kevinbmorrison - May 16, 2011 at 8:20 PM

        Thanks for the clarification. As this is more likely for him to clear his head, they obviously wouldn’t pursue that.

    • baseballisboring - May 16, 2011 at 7:55 PM

      I think it’s only a specific type of elbow injury though…something he’s already had in the past, not sure what it is.

  3. bloodysock - May 16, 2011 at 7:57 PM

    The DL stint gives him 15 days to get things straigtened out and to clear his head.

  4. dirtyharry1971 - May 17, 2011 at 7:59 AM

    They need to get him back ASAP, i love how he gets hammered everytime out there, we cant mess around with good stuff like that!!

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