Tommy John surgery at the end of the 2011 season, John Lackey has been
away from baseball for close to 18 months and for Red Sox fans, those 18
months were much needed. Coming to Boston after signing a 5 year
contract worth 75 million dollars in 2010, Lackey has not lived up to
one cent of that lucrative contract. In two years with the Sox he has
pitched to a 5.26 ERA which led to his surgery at the end of the 2011
season. A year away from the game, and a healthy John Lackey could pay
off tremendously for not only himself, but the Red Sox rotation.
A healthy and affective Lackey, the one the Red Sox thought they
were signing three years ago, will add depth to the rotation behind Jon
Lester and Clay Bucholz. Assuming Lester and Bucholz bounce back behind
the leadership and knowledge of new manager and mentor, John Farrel,
the Red Sox 1-3 starters could turn out to be the best in baseball.
When Lakcey was considered 100 percent in Anaheim he was a pitcher who ...