No official word, but Lackey upbeat

April, 7, 2013
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TORONTO -- The official word on John Lackey from the Red Sox on Sunday afternoon is that there is no word, manager John Farrell saying after the game he had not received results of the MRI Lackey underwent Sunday in Boston.

But fellow Sox pitcher Jon Lester, who had dinner with Lackey on Saturday night and exchanged text messages with the injured pitcher before his start Sunday, said Lackey was in good spirits and confident that he was not seriously hurt.

Lester said that while the MRI should offer answers, he wasn’t worried.

“I think it’s going to be very, very minor -- hopefully,’’ Lester said, knocking on the side of his locker.

Lackey texted Lester, wishing him luck before the left-hander went out and threw seven scoreless innings in Boston’s 13-0 win over Toronto in the rubber game of a three-game set here.

“I asked how he felt, he said he was feeling a lot better,’’ Lester said. “I haven’t heard anything otherwise.’’

Lackey came out of Saturday’s game with the Blue Jays with one out in the fifth inning after throwing a 2-and-2 pitch in the dirt to Jose Reyes, clutching his arm after the pitch. But he said his surgically repaired elbow was not involved, and the club’s initial diagnosis was a biceps strain.

Lackey flew back to Boston on Sunday morning and underwent an MRI at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he also was examined by head orthopedist Dr. Peter Asnis.

“Just from his words, he seemed pretty upbeat,’’ Lester said. “I saw him after the game, we had dinner. He seemed in good spirits about it, and that’s half the battle.

“Just talking to him after he got out, it seemed things calmed down a lot and that was good. And it wasn’t in any of the problem areas [shoulder, elbow]. Any time you’re in the bigger muscle, that’s good.’’

Lackey was making his first start after undergoing Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery 17 months earlier.

Lester said that he had never had a biceps cramp while pitching.

“I was just talking with [Ryan Dempster] about that, and I haven’t but he has. Mine is more like forearm, shoulder, lat. I think it depends on how guys pitch; guys use different muscles. Lack is a big football guy, who probably puts a lot of stress there.’’

Farrell said he intends to meet with Lackey and the medical staff on Monday.

Gordon Edes

Red Sox reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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