There was initially fear that Boston Red Sox right-handed
starting pitcher John Lackey had sustained a tear in his injured biceps.
However, manager John Farrell told reporters – including Brian MacPherson of
the Providence Journal – that a recent MRI showed no signs of a tear, adding that
Lackey will not yet require a stint on the disabled list.
Farrell on Lackey: "The MRI showed some inflammation in the bicep. That's been it. ... There has not been any indication of a tear."
— Brian MacPherson (@brianmacp) April 8, 2013
While the MRI did show signs of inflammation in the injured
area, the tear was not seen. This will allow Lackey to avoid a trip to the DL,
for the time being.
Lackey exited Saturday’s game against the Cleveland Indians
after suffering his biceps injury. The Red Sox won’t need to use him until
Sunday, so he will have until then to show that he’s healthy enough to maintain
his spot in the team’s rotation. If he’s unable to do so, Boston will place him
on the DL and move forward with another starter – perhaps someone like Alfredo Aceves.
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