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John Lackey brushes off surgery talk

Updated: June 30, 2011, 12:42 AM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

PHILADELPHIA -- While Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona dismissed a suggestion that John Lackey may need elbow surgery later this summer, general manager Theo Epstein acknowledged the club is "constantly monitoring" the pitcher's health.

Lackey pitched very well -- "tremendous" was Francona's word -- in a 2-1 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night, and had little appetite for questions about his elbow, growing increasingly testy during a postgame session that ended with ...

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