Lackey throws, makes progress

May, 21, 2011
BOSTON -- John Lackey, on the disabled list since Monday because of a right elbow strain, played catch Saturday with positive results.

Manager Terry Francona said in his pregame meeting with the media before Saturday night's matchup with the Cubs that the right-hander threw on flat ground Saturday and will do the same on Sunday.

“He didn’t feel anything, so that’s really good,” said Francona. “He feels good. That’s exciting for us.”

The plans for Lackey beyond Sunday are up in the air, as is the question of whether the veteran will need a rehab outing or two before returning to the rotation, according to Francona. Those decisions will be made as Lackey keeps throwing, with the medical staff keeping tabs on Lackey’s progress.

One thing in Lackey’s favor for an expedited return to the rotation is the fact he has been able to resume throwing after a relatively short shut-down time.

Lackey, though, was not exactly thriving on the mound this season before being placed on the DL. He was 2-5 with an 8.01 ERA in seven starts.

In other injury-related news, reliever Bobby Jenks (biceps) played catch on Saturday and will do so again on Sunday. Francona said Jenks is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Monday in Cleveland, where the Sox will open a seven-day road trip.

Also, infielder Marco Scutaro (oblique) still is not pain-free, but Francona was hoping Scutaro might be able to start swinging a bat at some point early in the road trip.

Lackey, Jenks and Scutaro will accompany the Red Sox on their seven-game trip to Cleveland and Detroit.



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