John Lackey hasn't gotten much good news during his three years with the Boston Red Sox.
After missing the entire 2012 season following Tommy John surgery, the 34-year-old right-hander was slated to be the Red Sox's fifth starting pitcher. Lackey didn't have the best spring training, but with a healthy, surgically repaired elbow, the hope was that he could give Boston 175 to 200 innings at the back end of its rotation.
Making his season debut last Saturday versus the Toronto Blue Jays, Lackey initially looked strong, allowing no runs and three hits in his first three innings. In the fourth, however, he served up a two-run homer to J.P. Arencibia, putting the Red Sox behind 2-0.
Lackey struck out Emilio Bonifacio to begin the fifth inning. But after throwing a 2-2 pitch to Jose Reyes that ran far inside and nearly hit the Blue Jays shortstop, Lackey grabbed his arm in pain. He staggered off the mound with his right arm hanging at his side.
As he rubbe...