John Lackey missed all of 2012, but he’s confident that 2013 will be a big bounce-back year. That confidence is apparently contagious, as Lackey’s manager and teammates have also had nothing but good things to say about the right-hander as he gets set to try and silence his critics.
Clay Buchholz spoke down in Fort Myers about a number of topics, including his health, the arrival of skipper John Farrell and Jon Lester‘s quest to regain his top-of-the-rotation form. Buchholz also touched on Lackey, and he’s among the teammates feeling good about Lackey’s progress.
“Lack’s been doing it for a long time. He was pitching broke the first couple years he was here with us. Even his last year in Anaheim, he was told that he should probably have surgery and he didn’t do it,” Buchholz said. “That shows you what kind of competitor he is. He goes out there and gives it 110 percent all he’s got every time.”
Buchholz doesn’t just think Lackey will stay healthy or that his teammate will be a valuab