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Lackey Still On Schedule To Rejoin Rotation In Two Weeks

By Tom Withers, AP Sports Writer
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John Lackey #41 of the Boston Red Sox sits in the dugout before the game against the Los Angeles Angels.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

John Lackey #41 of the Boston Red Sox sits in the dugout before the game against the Los Angeles Angels. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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CLEVELAND (AP) — Red Sox starter John Lackey has completed a bullpen session without trouble and remains on schedule to rejoin Boston’s rotation in less than two weeks.

Lackey was just 2-5 before he went on the disabled list with a strained right elbow. He said he felt fine after throwing 40 pitches — all fastballs — before the Red Sox faced Cleveland on Tuesday night. It was his most extensive work to date since going on the DL.

Lackey will throw more of a simulated game Friday in Detroit. The plan is for him to make a minor league rehab start on May 31, and then start for the Red Sox on June 5 against Oakland.

Also, the Red Sox outrighted left-handed reliever Hideki Okajima to Triple-A Pawtucket.

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