Saturday night marked the first start for John Lackey, after sitting out the entire 2012 season recovering from Tommy John surgery.
Lackey got off to an excellent start, striking out six over the first three innings, before giving up a two-run home run to J.P. Arencibia in the fourth. The home run was the third on the season for Arencibia, his first two bombs came on Thursday night against the Cleveland Indians.
The Red Sox starting pitcher was showing great command, and it seemed like he was back from his injury in great form. He struck out a total of eight batters over 4.1 innings. Lackey walked off the mound in the fifth inning with his arm dangling, as he had suffered a right biceps strain.
The severity of his injury is not yet known, but Lackey states “it’s sore, but hopefully not too serious.” He didn’t experience any discomfort in the pitch directly before he strained the bicep above his surgically-repaired elbow cramped up.
If the first three innings of Saturday afternoon’s game was what the Red Sox were going to get all season. Ihis injury could be a serious blow. Of course, there is no telling how Lackey will pan out this season.
No matter if you strongly dislike Lackey as a pitcher or a person, you have to feel for him at the moment. After a year of rehab and recovery from his surgery, he came back and re-injured himself in his first game back. It is a difficult thing to go through.
Lackey will be re-evaluated on Sunday, the results will define the situation he is in.
The Red Sox will finish out the series north of the border on Sunday afternoon, before heading home to Fenway Park for their home opener on Monday.