Sunday, April 7, 2013

John Lackey hurts arm again

It's hard to believe that in December in 2009 John Lackey was a desired commodity. The Seattle Mariners, New York Yankees, New York Mets, Boston Red Sox, and Pittsburgh Pirates, were all interested in Lackey.

Lackey had been the Angels ace and was one of six pitchers that won at least eleven games from 2004-2009. Baseball Prospectus said that, "Lackey stands alone as the best of the best, a relatively young righty who carries significantly less risk than the other high-upside hurlers."

Well, the man who was once considered to be the best pitcher in the 2010 free agent class is down again.

In late December 2010, the BoSox thought they were getting an elite pitcher, but after a mediocre 2010 season and sub-par, injury riddled 2011 season, Lackey appeared to be just another starter.

Lackey did not pitch a game in 2012 due to Tommy John surgery, spending the entire year on the disabled list.

And sadly on his first start in a Red Sox uniform since 2011, Lackey left the game in the fifth inning. Currently as of Saturday night, Lackey's arm injury has only been diagnosed as a strained right bicep.

“It’s sore. But hopefully not too serious,” a downcast Lackey said after the Sox were beaten, 5-0.

“I turned around and he was holding his arm. Hopefully he’s OK,” catcher David Ross said. “It stinks. I think everybody is worried about him and will say a prayer for him. He’s such a good teammate, first of all. To come back and how well he was throwing the ball, I was excited for him.”

This is of course horrible news for all Red Sox fans, who were looking for a bounce back season from the number 41.

Hopefully he only strained his right bicep, or else his season and possibly even his career in Boston may be finished.