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John Lackey throws Quality Start, denies need for surgery

Jun 30, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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During a radio interview yesterday Peter Gammons speculated about whether John Lackey‘s struggles and elbow problems could lead to his needing Tommy John surgery, but then last night Lackey tossed 7.2 innings of two-run ball against the Phillies and denied the need for surgery.

Lackey told reporters that Gammons “straight made that up” and then asked them, “What did it look like tonight?”

However, general manager Theo Epstein explained to Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston that the Red Sox “are not hiding that he had an elbow injury” and will “monitor him and make sure those symptoms don’t come back.”

Lackey has a 5.28 ERA in five starts since spending time on the disabled list with a strained elbow that required a cortisone shot and Epstein gave an interesting answer when asked if he’d classify the injury as a torn ligament:

Again, first off almost every pitcher by standard definition has a tear in his shoulder or elbow. That’s the nature of throwing a baseball. I think it’s accurate to say he had an elbow injury, he was given a shot for it to alleviate the symptoms and we monitor it closely.

Terry Francona took a much more sarcastic approach to Gammons’ speculation, saying: “We don’t usually work six weeks ahead on surgery. Go get ‘em, Lack. You’ve got six more starts and then you’ll need Tommy John.”

Oh, and in addition to making $15.25 million this season Lackey is also still owed $15.25 million in 2012, 2013, and 2014.

  1. Chris Fiorentino - Jun 30, 2011 at 11:37 AM

    Yeah, it’s all fun and games now. But if he did get a shot, he might have some damage without feeling it at this time, right? If he does go on the shelf and does need TJ surgery, I wonder how many of the smart asses…Tito I’m specifically talking to YOU…will fess up and say that Gammons was right.

    My guess…ZERO.

  2. Jonny 5 - Jun 30, 2011 at 11:48 AM

    John Lackey looks just like a Don Martin cartoon.

    • Glenn - Jun 30, 2011 at 1:29 PM

      … if Don Martin were drawing an angry fish.

  3. psousa1 - Jun 30, 2011 at 11:57 AM

    Won’t be the first time Gammons made something up or carried water for a GM. Lackey’s wife has cancer. Must not be easy going to work every day for anyone. Gammons is probably in Theo’s office right now saying “Should we start a smear campaign against Lackey?” Just like he did with Larry Lucchino and Kevin Kennedy. Both at the behest of the GM’s

    • Glenn - Jun 30, 2011 at 1:31 PM

      Isn’t that Dan Shaughnessy’s job?

  4. deathmonkey41 - Jun 30, 2011 at 12:27 PM

    Not smart criticizing ESPN’s Chief of the Boston Red Sox’s Propoganda Machine. That might come back to bite them.

    • bigxrob - Jun 30, 2011 at 12:56 PM

      gammons does not work for espn.

      • deathmonkey41 - Jun 30, 2011 at 1:33 PM

        He worked for ESPN for over 20 yrs. You don’t think that he still has clout with the other Boston-area cronies that Come on, now.

  5. xmatt0926x - Jun 30, 2011 at 2:11 PM

    I hate to burst Lackey’s bubble but I wouldn’t use last nights game as an example of him being back from whatever ails him. The Phillies offense stinks. 2 or 3 runs and 5 or 6 hits is the norm. Sorry Lackey. You still suck .

  6. aceshigh11 - Jun 30, 2011 at 2:13 PM

    Figures that he has a decent outing and gets no run support, aside from HIMSELF.

    I knew this series would be disastrous for the Sox. Talk about a rollercoaster season.

    • pisano - Jun 30, 2011 at 5:31 PM

      aceshigh11… just be thankful they missed Halladay or it would have been a three game sweep for the Phillies, you could have made book on that.

  7. dirtyharry1971 - Jun 30, 2011 at 3:27 PM

    and my favorite part of this story? Oh thats easy, I like this part so much i said it 10 times to myself after reading it!

    Oh, and in addition to making $15.25 million this season Lackey is also still owed $15.25 million in 2012, 2013, and 2014

    SAY IT AGAIN!!

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