Lackey, Santana back in Angels' rotation

Updated: May 14, 2009, 1:58 AM ET
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The Los Angeles Angles' pitching rotation will get a much-needed boost.

Right-hander John Lackey will make his season debut on Saturday, a year and two days after making his first start of 2008.

Lackey declared himself ready to rejoin the Angels rotation after Sunday's five-inning, 79-pitch rehabilitation start for Salt Lake, the Los Angeles Times reported.

"I feel like I know when I'm ready," Lackey, the Angels' ace, told the Times. "I've been around the block once or twice."

Lackey, who had never been on the disabled list in his first six seasons, sat out the first 41 games last season with a strained triceps and has been out this season with a forearm strain.

The Angels also announced Ervin Santana, out all season because of an elbow sprain, will pitch Thursday against the Red Sox.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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