Boston Red Sox right-handed starting pitcher John Lackey is
aiming to rejoin the team on April 27, according to Michael Silverman of The
Lackey is slated to make a minor league rehab start today
for the Red Sox Double-A affiliate. The veteran is expected to throw four
innings or roughly 65 pitches.
If all goes well, this could be the only rehab start Lackey
needs before being activated by the Red Sox. If he doesn’t suffer a setback or experience
greater than normal soreness following his appearance, the Red Sox could
activate him from the disabled list in time to take the mound next Saturday
against the Houston Astros.
Lackey has been sidelined since exiting his season debut
early due to a right biceps injury. He’d missed the entire 2012 season after
undergoing Tommy John surgery, and this certainly wasn’t how he wanted to begin
the new campaign.
But it appears that the injury was minor, as Lackey is on
track to return before the end of the month. The Red Sox have been replacing
him in the rotation with swing man Alfredo Aceves, who’s likely to return to a
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