BOSTON (AP/CBS) — Red Sox manager John Farrell says pitcher John Lackey probably won’t take his next turn in Boston’s rotation.
Lackey walked off the mound with pain in his right arm on Saturday, his first start since undergoing Tommy John surgery after the 2011 season.
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Farrell says an MRI showed inflammation, but no tear in Lackey’s biceps. The manager said before Monday’s home opener against Baltimore that it’s unlikely Lackey will make his start on Friday, but the Red Sox aren’t ready to put the right-hander on the disabled list.
It’s also possible Lackey could be pushed back just a few days, with Alfredo Aceves the likely candidate to take his spot in the rotation.
Lackey sat out last season following elbow ligament-replacement surgery in November 2011. He struck out eight Toronto batters before leaving Saturday’s game, which Boston lost 5-0.
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