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Red Sox activate John Lackey for Sunday start vs. A’s

Jun 5, 2011, 12:14 PM EDT

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As expected, the Red Sox have activated right-hander John Lackey from the 15-day disabled list and will ask him to take the mound in Sunday’s series finale against the A’s. Temporary backup outfielder Josh Reddick was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket to clear a roster spot.

Lackey spent about three weeks on the disabled list with a strained muscle in his right elbow. He made just one rehab start, Tuesday at Triple-A Pawtucket, and threw only 63 pitches in that outing. The Red Sox, therefore, will limit him to 90 tosses in his return to a major league mound Sunday.

Lackey, 32, has posted a dreadful 8.01 ERA and 1.81 WHIP in seven starts this season. He’s fanned just 19 batters and issued 18 walks in 39 1/3 innings. The Red Sox need far better from the man they handed a five-year, $82.5 million contract in December of 2009.

  1. deathmonkey41 - Jun 5, 2011 at 2:24 PM

    I related news, John Lackey is still an a-hole.

    • fanoredsox - Jun 5, 2011 at 3:09 PM

      He “might’ be an a-hole, but his wife does have BREAST CANCER and maybe baseball isn’t as important. The Sox overpaid and he laid the Angels out to dry, but can you blame the man for taking the exorbitant amount of money that the Sox were offering?

      • royalsfaninfargo - Jun 5, 2011 at 3:39 PM

        I think he needs to be cut some slack. His mind is and should be on other things. Some things are more important in life than pitching a baseball.

      • deathmonkey41 - Jun 5, 2011 at 4:16 PM

        I’m not commenting on his pitching or his wife. I’m saying he’s an a-hole. Not sure what what his wife having breast cancer or the money he took has anything to do with that. He was an a-hole when he was with the Angels too.

      • bigharold - Jun 6, 2011 at 12:42 AM

        “… but can you blame the man for taking the exorbitant amount of money …”

        Go ask Johnny Damon what he thinks of that notion as it relates to the Nation.

  2. pisano - Jun 5, 2011 at 2:46 PM

    Let the beating begin!

  3. bobwsc - Jun 5, 2011 at 5:11 PM

    “Lackey spent about three weeks on the disabled list with a strained muscle in his right elbow.”

    there is a muscle in the elbow?

  4. ryanmallettsbluntwrap - Jun 5, 2011 at 5:59 PM

    In related news , death monkey is the one making himself out to be the asshole , have some sympathy for a player when someone in his family is going through a life altering experience like breast cancer , don’t care if who ever the player is , is on a rival team or not , when someone goes through some bs like that cut them some slack , he pitched a pretty darn good game today with all thats been going on around him.

    • royalsfaninfargo - Jun 5, 2011 at 6:10 PM

      love the name! that is great!

    • deathmonkey41 - Jun 5, 2011 at 6:41 PM

      The dude was an asshole- long before his wife ever got cancer. His wife being sick doesn’t change that fact. That’s one of the silliest things I’ve ever heard.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Jun 5, 2011 at 9:46 PM

      death monkey is 100% correct , lackey is a jerk, he didnt say squat about breast cancer or money, learn to read carefully before running your mouth and looking like a total moron

      • marinersnate - Jun 6, 2011 at 1:04 AM

        “death monkey is 100% correct ….”

        Absolutely. Since you (and he) are Yanks fans. And we are discussing the Red Sox. Who and the heck could not be more ‘correct’ than that?

        Since you are dissing a guy who’s wife has cancer, I was going to say “moron”. But I won’t…. After all, that would be wrong of me.

      • deathmonkey41 - Jun 6, 2011 at 1:25 PM

        Absolutely silly. No matter how big of an a-hole someone is, they’re off limits from citicism because their spouse is sick. So ridiculous.

  5. ryanmallettsbluntwrap - Jun 5, 2011 at 10:45 PM

    Dirty harry sounds mad , oh well , take that tampon out and put a knew one in for the night ……. Please dislike this comment it will also make me quite happy? Or do you just know he is a jerk because you have watched him , before you go running your mouth maybe you should meet someone in real life before making an analysis of their public view . Thanks =]

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