John Lackey Injury: Updates on Red Sox Pitcher's Arm

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistApril 6, 2013

John Lackey was taken out of the game in his first start of the season for the Boston Red Sox after what's being reported as an arm injury. 

UPDATE: Wednesday, April 17, 5:35 p.m. ET by Sam Westmoreland

It looks as though Lackey is making great progress in his rehab, as the Providence Journal's Brian MacPherson reports that the righty is already preparing to throw off a mound and have a bullpen session in the coming days. 


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UPDATE: Wednesday, April 10, 4:16 p.m. ET by Tom Kinslow

After landing on the DL, Lackey spoke to the media and talked about his emotions following the injury, per Rob Bradford of
“I knew it was a little tight. I thought it might loosen up when I threw, but it didn’t really loosen up. … It wasn’t quite ready yesterday. I tried to play catch and it was still pretty tight in the biceps,” said Lackey. “They’re going to give it a couple days and then just get treatment, that type of stuff, and try it again.”
“It could have been a lot worse, for sure,” said Lackey. “I’m definitely frustrated a little bit but relieved, too. It could have been worse.”
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UPDATE: Wednesday, April 10, 2:03 p.m. ET by Kyle Vassalo

The Red Sox official twitter page  has announced that John Lackey has been placed on the 15-day DL with a right biceps injury:

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UPDATE: Monday, April 8, 7:25 p.m. ET by Eric Ball

ESPN Boston’s Tony Lee is reporting that an MRI on Lackey’s right biceps revealed no tear. While a trip to the DL doesn’t sound likely, manager John Farrell will be taking a cautious approach this early in the season (via ESPN Boston):

"[Starting] on his fifth day, unlikely, but we're not at the point of saying he's a [candidate for the disabled list], either."

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UPDATE: Saturday, April 6, 3:35 p.m. ET by Sam Westmoreland

According to Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe, Lackey is suffering from a simple biceps strain, rather than the more serious injury many had feared:

The righty figures to miss some time with the injury, but the prognosis probably isn't too bleak for the veteran given the type of injury. No timetable has been announced. 

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According to Sean McAdam of Comcast SportsNet, the injury appeared to be related to his biceps instead of his elbow:

John Lackey missed the entire 2012 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. Prior to that, he had the worst year of his career in 2011, posting a 6.41 ERA in 160 innings for the Red Sox.

The team is hoping that the long recovery from the surgery will help him regain the form that made him an ace for the Los Angeles Angels for many years. He totaled 102 wins with a 3.81 ERA over his eight-year career with his former team. 

Considering the veteran is in the middle of a five-year, $82.5 million contract, Boston will give him plenty of chances to prove he can live up to those expectations. 

He was pitching well before being removed from Saturday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays. He threw 4.1 innings with eight strikeouts and one walk. The only runs he gave up were on a two-run home run by J.P. Arencibia.

It is unknown at this point how serious the injury is, but the Red Sox should hope it has nothing to do with his previous surgery. 

Boston is already light on starting pitching, and the club would likely be in some serious trouble if Lackey is out for an extended amount of time.