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Lackey pitches well, but questions remain

Posted on: June 29, 2011 10:32 pm
 
PHILADELPHIA -- Wednesday afternoon, Peter Gammons went on WEEI radio in Boston and said John Lackey could need Tommy John surgery.

Wednesday night, John Lackey took the mound for the Red Sox and allowed two runs in 7 2/3 innings, in one of his best starts of the year.

So does Lackey have a bad elbow, or is pitching well enough to finally help the Red Sox?

As crazy as it sounds, both could be true.

The Red Sox and Lackey took some shots at Gammons' report, but all they really disputed was the severity of the injury. Lackey does have elbow issues, but at the moment they're not so serious that they would keep him from pitching -- or, from the results Wednesday, even from pitching well.

Lackey would only say that his elbow feels better now than it did when he went on the disabled list in May.

"Probably not as good as some, better than others," he said. "I feel pretty good."

Define that however you want. Lackey wouldn't be the first pitcher to pitch with a ligament tear in his elbow (if that's indeed what he has).

"It's accurate to say he had an elbow injury, had a shot, and we'll continue to monitor it," Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein said.

Is this just like Daisuke Matsuzaka, where the Red Sox denied a report that he might need Tommy John surgery, only to later admit that he did? No, because Matsuzaka was on the disabled list at the time, and his elbow was sore enough that he couldn't pitch. Lackey is pitching, and even pitching well.

At least for now.

Category: MLB
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Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: June 30, 2011 4:56 am
 

Lackey pitches well, but questions remain

@ S L - Now that's a dumb comment!  There are a myriad of reasons why we don't see as many 300 inning pitchers these days, one of which is increased financial investment in players, but that's not the real issue in addressing your lack of logic.  Tommy John and 300 innings of work are not correlated in any way.  Before Tommy John surgery, a tear meant the end of a career. 



Since: Aug 11, 2008
Posted on: June 30, 2011 1:36 am
 

Lackey pitches well, but questions remain

Sweet...ANOTHER Tommy John surgery. How come pitchers pitched 300 innings a year without needing Tommy John surgery before Tommy John had it?


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