The following is the second of five in a series focusing on the Red Sox starting pitchers.
While starting pitching was a mixed mystery bag generally for the Red Sox coming into the season after an abysmal 2012 campaign, perhaps nobody was a bigger question mark specifically than John Lackey, who missed all of last year after undergoing Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery.
Sox pessimists gleefully said “Told ya so” halfway into Lackey’s first start of the year against Toronto on April 6 when the right hander was forced to leave the game with pain in his throwing arm after going only 4.1 innings and taking the loss.
Luckily, the diagnosis turned out to only be minor inflammation in his right biceps and Lackey bounced back after a short stint on the disabled list and one rehab start to deliver a solid outing against Houston on April 28. Against the Astros the 34 year old tossed six innings of five-hit ball and struck out four to lowe...