Angels 'encouraged' by Lackey MRI

Updated: March 30, 2009, 4:01 PM ET
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The Angels are "encouraged" by the latest MRI results on John Lackey's right elbow and expect their ace to be on the mound for them by the end of April or early May, general manager Tony Reagins said Monday.

Reagins told ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney that Lackey's injury isn't as significant as the injury he had last year that also caused him to miss the start of the season. He pitched his first game May 14 of last season and ended up throwing 163 1/3 innings.

"We're encouraged ...

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