Originally posted on Ted's Army  |  Last updated 4/7/13
Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here... highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump. If John Lackey is going to be sidelined for any period of time -- or even for just one start -- it seems likely that the club will use Alfredo Aceves as his replacement in the starting rotation.     "I think it's probably best to get through [Sunday, when an MRI will be performed in Boston],'' said manager John Farrell, "and factor everything in that we do get on the information front.''     The Sox' options, frankly are limited. Franklin Morales would ordinarily be a candidate, but he's been battling lower back issues since the start of spring training and is on the disabled list, having yet to appear in a game of any sort.     The timetable calls for him to work up to throwing in some extended spring training games in Florida before beginning a rehab assignment with a minor-league affiliate. That will take weeks at a minimum.    CSNNE: Game Day Notes: Who replaces Lackey? I would take anyone in the rotation over Lackey, injury or no injury. Alfredo Aceves is pretty much the only option right now, and I am fine with that. It is early in the season and we can commence round three of the Alfredo Aceves experiment. Is he more valuable as a starter, or in the pen? I don't wish injury on anyone, but having John Lackey out of the rotation makes me feel that much better about the progress of the team. The talk and feeling about John Lackey going into the season was full of optimism and he laid an egg and left with an injury, bringing most of us back to a pessimistic mindset. Let's sit back and wait for the MRI results to see how long the Sox will be without Lackey. Related: Globe: Are the Red Sox equipped for injury to John lackey? | Herald: All signs point to Alfredo Aceves to start The rest of the links: WEEI: John Lackey on injured arm: 'It's sore, but hopefully not too serious' | Herald: Notebook: Southpaw again silences lineup | John Lackey gets big scare | Globe: John Lackey 'A little scary when it happened' | Lackey hurt, Red Sox fall to Blue Jays | CSNNE: Marquee pitching matchup in Sox-Jays finale |
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