May 16, 2011, 7:31 PM EDT
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.
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