- Gordon Edes, ESPN Staff Writer
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TORONTO -- Red Sox pitcher John Lackey, initially diagnosed with a right biceps strain after coming out in the fifth inning of Saturday's 5-0 loss to the Blue Jays, is flying back to Boston for an MRI on Sunday. While Sox manager John Farrell said initial signs were encouraging, "we can't rule anything out" until doctors review the MRI results.
"I think everybody's worried about him," Sox catcher David Ross said. "I'll say a prayer for him. He's such a good teammate, first of all, and to come back and throw the ball as well as he was today, I was really excited for him."
How concerned is Lackey that the injury might be serious, and there is a significant tear in his biceps?
"I don't know," he said somberly. "See what happens tomorrow when I get it checked out.
"Hopefully we'll get a picture of it tomorrow and get after it and it's nothing too crazy."
Lackey was making his first start since Sept. 25, 2011, and just over 17 months after he'd undergone Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery, performed by Dr. Lewis Yocum. He had struck out eight batters after Emilio Bonifacio was called out on strikes leading off in the fifth, and had made just one mistake, a high cutter that J.P. Arencibia hit for a two-run home run in the fourth.
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