Found February 06, 2013 on
Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here... highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump.
The road to redemption starts with a healthy elbow. Lackey had reconstructive elbow surgery 15 months ago and enters spring training without restrictions.
“I had to stop throwing in the bullpen [between starts] because of the pain,” Lackey said. “I’ve had something wrong with my elbow for three years now.”
Lackey pitched in increasing discomfort for much of the 2011 season.
He said that the Red Sox medical staff — which has all since been replaced — misled him.
“When you get an MRI after the season and your doctor asks what the hell you were doing pitching, you get the idea that somebody wasn’t being honest with you,” he said. “But I took the ball. That is what you do.”
Globe: After bruising years, Lackey ready to take mound
Kudos to Peter Abraham for landing this interview, one that Lackey should have done a little sooner to give his side of the story on a whole bunch of topics, but hey better late than never. The article is definitely worth a read and so is the extra bases post on the things that didn't make the initial piece (link is below.)
One of the juiciest pieces of the whole article wasLackey claiming that the Red Sox medical staff misled him about his elbow back in 2011. The medical staff has been put through the wringer by a few players over the years and now takes another shot. While Lackey did complain about a whole list of things in 2011, his elbow wasn't really on his list of gripes.
What makes this more interesting is that the Sox medical staff was so initaly concerned with his elbow, they had to put the now well known 2015 option for veteran minimum if his missed any time with an elbow injury. Of course Lackey wanted to pitch but if the elbow was as bad as it was back in 2011, why did they continue to let him go out there? It surely wasn't helping the team as he was pitching as ugly as the scowl on his face after an error. Surely they wouldn't just continue to run him ragged JUST so the 2015 option would kick in... right?
This is bringing back too many bad memories, as we've all finally moved on from 2011 and the rebuilding process is in full swing. John Lackey is healthy for the first time as a member of the Red Sox and I have a feeling that he'll have a good year. Surely it will be his best one in Boston as he's the bar is set rather low, and the first step will be fans actually cheering for him when he gets taken out of a game. It's taking baby steps but not everyone is going to be as optimistic about Lackey as they still despise him as a person and a player.
We've rooted for some pretty awful human beings before, it just depends on if the person delivers on the field or not. If the Sox want to be emerge as a dark horse, they'll be needing him to do exactly that.
Rest of the Links: Globe: More from Lackey | It's a bridge year | Herald: Lucchino & co owning up to Sox plight | CSNNE: No quick fixes | ESPNBoston: Money well spent?
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
The Red Sox announced Gary Tuck's replacement, and it was a bit of a surprise. Most were speculating Chad Epperson would get the call, but instead it's Dana Levangie.
Levangie's most notable achievement -- beyond spending the last 22 years in baseball, many of which as part of the Red Sox organization -- is being bullpen catcher for the '04 world champs. And let...
If the Red Sox are to contend in 2013, just having some of their pitchers healthy and contributing would go a long way.
A big theme of Boston’s 2012 campaign was pitchers of whom big things were expected but didn’t didn’t make good on that promise. In a lot of ways, the Red Sox’ campaign was derailed by bizarre maladies to its pitching staff.
Whether it be Daisuke Matsuzaka‘s...
Curt Schilling rocked the baseball world when he claimed a member of the Red Sox organization encouraged him to use performance-enhancing drugs back in 2008. Among those surprised was Red Sox president Larry Luchino, who responded to the news on Thursday.
“Certainly [the allegation] is something to look into, but it came from out of left field, to use a baseball cliche,” Lucchino...
It was a chilly day in Boston on Tuesday, but it was also Truck Day, a reminder that spring (training) is right around the corner.
If you’ve never heard of the Truck Day phenomenon, you might think it a bit of a strange tradition. Nonetheless, for many in Red Sox Nation it’s a chance to remind themselves that a new season is upon the Sox, and warmer days are around the corner...
The Red Sox announced Tuesday that Dana Levangie has been named the team’s new bullpen coach.
Levangie replaces Gary Tuck, who retired last week after six seasons with the organization. Levangie, 43, has spent the past seven seasons serving as a major league advance scout with the Red Sox, and he also will continue to assist in advance scouting going forward.
This isn’t the first...
With Truck Day (literally) in the rear view mirror and players already reporting early to Fort Myers, a new Red Sox season is nearly upon us.
Everyone knows that 2012 did not go as planned for Boston, and while injuries played a big part in the Sox’ subpar season, it was largely a pitching staff that wasn’t up to snuff that doomed the season. This year, however, with former pitching...
It looks like the Red Sox farm system is getting a bad rap these days, as Keith Law at ESPN has them ranked 17th out of 30 teams:
I don’t think Law knows what he is talking about.
I think the talent in Boston’s farm right now is as great as it was in the heydey...
Goodbye, Boston! In two seasons with the Red Sox, Carl Crawford played just 161 games. In those 161 games, he hit 14 homers, stole 23 bases, scored 88 runs, and tallied 75 RBI with a paltry .260 batting average. That’s not quite what Red Sox fans were expecting from a player who was marketed as “dynamic” by Boston’s brass.
After missing the beginning of last season with a...
You seriously think we, here at Red Sox Life, would forget about “Truck Day”
did you? Truck Day is the day we forget about the Patriots losing in the AFC
championship game and look forward to the new beginning known as spring training.
This is the 15th consecutive year the Red Sox organization has asked fellow Mass native Al Hartz to drive the 1,490 mile journey to Ft. Myer...
8:30 a.m. EST: OK, now baseball is really getting close.
Tuesday marks the day that die hard Red Sox fans anticipate every winter: Truck Day.
This year, the Red Sox’ equipment truck, which will be departing at around noon Tuesday to make the 1,480-mile trek to the team’s spring training home in Fort Myers, Fla., features the slogan “Big Things Ahead.”
Serving as the unofficial...
Former major league baseball player Curt Schilling missed the whole 2008 season with a shoulder injury. Schilling reportedly wanted to have surgery, but the Red Sox wanted him to rehab and fight through it.
Now more has come out about the season and everything that took place. Schilling recently did a radio interview with WEEI, and according to Deadspin, Schilling says the Red...
With Spring Training less than a month away, the Red Sox 40 Man
Roster should be fairly set until the end of camp. I'll take this
opportunity to review the entire roster. Lets face it, there's not much
else going on.
Let's Hope Hanrahan isn't staring this direction too much in 2013.
After Andrew Bailey lost most of 2012 to injury, and then was awful when...
Curt Schilling, in a Wednesday interview on ESPN Radio, said toward the end of his tenure with the Red Sox he was encouraged to use PEDs by “members of the organization.”
“At the end of my career, in 2008 when I had gotten hurt, there was a conversation that I was involved in in which is was brought to my attention that this is a potential path I might want to pursue...
ESPN Insider Keith Law has released his top minor league systems for 2013 and we find the Boston Red Sox coming in at No. 13.
Law has the St. Louis Cardinals ranked No. 1 followed by the Minnesota Twins, Tampa Bay Rays, Houston Astros and Chicago Cubs.
Here's what Law had to say about the Red Sox:
A lot went right on the farm for Boston this year, with Xander Bogaerts...