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John Lackey suffers biceps strain in first start back from Tommy John surgery

Apr 6, 2013, 4:14 PM EDT

John Lackey AP AP

UPDATE: Ian Browne of reports that Lackey will fly back to Boston tomorrow for an MRI.

3:25 PM: Sean McAdam of reports that Lackey left the game with a right biceps strain. Of course, that’s just the initial diagnosis and it doesn’t tell us much. We should know more soon.

3:00 PM: John Lackey was back in action in a regular season game today for the first time since Tommy John surgery in November of 2011. Unfortunately he didn’t last long.

According to Rob Bradford of, Lackey left today’s start against the Blue Jays in the bottom of the fifth inning with an apparent injury to his right arm. It didn’t look good. Lackey immediately grabbed at his biceps area after throwing an arrant pitch with Jose Reyes at the plate. Replays showed that he may have felt some discomfort on the previous pitch, but that one extra pitch is what did him in.

It’s a real shame, as Lackey was pitching really well in his return to major league action. He gave up two runs (a two-run homer by J.P. Arencibia) over 4 1/3 innings while striking out eight and walking just one.

  1. xpensivewinos - Apr 6, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    I’m going with “errant.”

    • bigleagues - Apr 6, 2013 at 3:10 PM

      Two words:


  2. joestemme - Apr 6, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    Time to hang it up, John.

    • deadeyedesign23 - Apr 6, 2013 at 5:28 PM

      Yeah he’ll just pass on the rest of the 30 mil he’s owed.

  3. hojo20 - Apr 6, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    It’s a shame. And he was really sharp today.

    • cowboysoldiertx - Apr 7, 2013 at 9:11 AM

      I had high hopes

  4. thebigkahuna23 - Apr 6, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    If you listen very closely you can hear all the people who bashed the nats for easing Strasburg back in shutting up at the same time.

    • Detroit Michael - Apr 6, 2013 at 3:27 PM

      That’s silly. Are you claiming the Red Sox worked John Lackey hard in the 4-1/3 IP he had in the majors since his surgery? Or are you claiming to know enough about Lackey’s health that pitching in the instructional league in late September 2012, about 10.5 months after TJS caused his injury today? Even if for some unknown reason you have reason to believe that Lackey wasn’t handled right, what does that have to do with Strasburg.

    • hammyofdoom - Apr 6, 2013 at 3:39 PM

      Are you kidding me? The Red Sox DID baby him for he didn’t pitch in a major league game until 17 months after his tommy john surgery. Hopefully it’s just a strain and he’s back in weeks rather than months… I really want to see him do well after how hard he worked.

      • oldpaddy - Apr 6, 2013 at 4:00 PM

        I would rather see him do badly for another team.
        I wonder if Ben has called the dodgers yet…

      • hammyofdoom - Apr 6, 2013 at 4:14 PM

        Lackey was looking the best he’s ever been while in a Red Sox uniform in this game. Lackey as a number 4 or 5 starter is going to be one of the better 4-5 starters in the league (the one year he did pitch for the Sox while uninjured it was a 4.4 ERA: not great but as a number 5 starter that’s friggin fantastic).

      • oldpaddy - Apr 6, 2013 at 4:24 PM

        Yeah, but he wasn’t signed as a 4 or 5. He was supposed to be a 1 or 1a. Hence his crazy salary.
        Of course now the sox give crazy money for platoon players.

  5. alexo0 - Apr 6, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    Biceps strain, my a**. I saw the game, how he reacted. He’ll be under the knife within ten days. And yeah, he did look good today. Sorry to see this happen.

    • hammyofdoom - Apr 6, 2013 at 3:59 PM

      I could have sworn that Will Middlebrooks wrecked his wrist during Spring training; he dropped his bat mid-swing, grabbed his surgically repaired wrist and slowly made his way to the dugout and I KNEW that he’d be gone for months.

      Turned out a bit of scar tissue came out and it scared the crap out of him.

      This looks worse than THAT since there was obviously pain, but sometimes injuries look uglier than they really are, especially when they scare the crap out of you like that. We’ll wait and see, I’m just praying that it’s just a strain

    • sabatimus - Apr 6, 2013 at 5:50 PM

      Are you a doctor? Unless Farrell was lying through his teeth, he said that they did strength exercises after the game and Lackey was almost at full strength. He also likened it to tweaking a hamstring. Doesn’t sound like it’s as serious as it looked.

  6. tfbuckfutter - Apr 6, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    It is too bad because he actually looked sharp and it’d be nice to see him rebound….

    But it wouldn’t be a huge loss since when he has been on the field he has at best been average, but mostly was worse than useless.

  7. oldpaddy - Apr 6, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    Who would’ve thought lackey would go down before ellsbury?

  8. hitdog042 - Apr 6, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    Apr 6, 2013, 3:08 PM EDT
    I’m going with “errant.”

    Apr 6, 2013, 3:10 PM EDT
    Two words:


    Why would your two words be a pitcher on the DL.

  9. jimw42 - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    Money well spent, time for more beer and fried chicken parties in the clubhouse

  10. 13yrsmlbvet - Apr 6, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    Think he’s having a few pops to dull the pain? Think he ain’t? Dude pitched a whole season on a torn ligament in 2011. I think it’s hurting pretty good otherwise he would have at least finished the inning. He’s a tough SOB.

  11. jaysjunkie - Apr 7, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    Based on Lackey pitching in his first game back after being away so long, even I was really feeling for him after seeing him throw that last pitch. I can’t remember the last time I had sympathy for anything associated with the Red Sox.

  12. hitdog042 - Apr 7, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    We don’t know anything serious is wrong. To the poster who said he’s going under the knife….. Ok. Maybe. Or maybe it’s a false alarm. Like Middlebrooks.

  13. kw27p - Apr 7, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    I miss the John lackey post game press Confrences. They were entertaining

  14. badintent - Apr 8, 2013 at 2:27 AM

    yes, Red Sox Nation , This is all Bobby Valentine fault, right ?

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