Wednesday, February 20, 2013

John Lackey To Open Against Rays On Saturday

AP Photo/Chris O'Meara
It will only be one inning (or less if he pitches like he did in 2011), but John Lackey will open the Grapefruit League season for the Red Sox on Saturday against Tampa. The well-paid righty will take to the hill for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery and missing the entire 2012 season. Lackey has come into camp having lost at least 15-20 pounds, and is exhibiting a much more media-friendly attitude. If he can regain his pre-Boston form, it will be an invaluable boost to the rotation. Let's hope he's back.