I've been sitting out for two and a half weeks and getting a little miserable with it. ... It felt like it was getting better for a while. Started doing some treatments on it. It's not going down, but it's sort of staying the same. That's what we're looking at. ... I have talked to [Beckett] about it. It's definitely not the same thing [as his injury], but his advice was you definitely can't go out there and pitch with a hurt back. It's one of the parts of the body that you use the most when you're pitching. It's definitely got to be better to be able to go and compete and not hurt yourself any more. ... It's nothing up here [pointing to his shoulder]. ... My arm's going to be rested, so whenever my back allows me to go out there and throw, I'll be better than I was when this thing happened.Buchholz will see Dr. Craig Brigham, a back specialist in North Carolina, later this week. Terry Francona: "Really well thought of guy. I actually saw him a couple years ago myself. He does a lot of stuff with the NFL."
Red Sox Starters, Games with 6+ Earned Runs Allowed
John Lackey 5 in 13 starts Jon Lester 1 in 17 starts Tim Wakefield 1 in 10 starts Daisuke Matsuzaka 1 in 7 starts Alfredo Aceves 1 in 4 starts Josh Beckett 0 in 16 starts Clay Buchholz 0 in 14 starts Andrew Miller 0 in 3 starts John Lackey 5 in 13 starts All Others 4 in 71 startsWEEI's Alex Speier notes that, discounting a start in which Lackey was ejected after hitting the first batter of the game and a two-inning playoff tuneup at the end of 2009, yesterday was the shortest start of his career.
Overall, my arm felt pretty good ... I just didn't locate well enough. ... I gave up some soft ones that fell in on some good pitches and made some bad pitches that got hit hard. It kind of all added up to bad.Lackey has a 9.17 ERA in seven starts at home this year. ... Among pitchers with at least 70 innings this season, Lackey has the highest ERA (7.47) by more than a full run.
Bob Ryan, Globe:
He has made 31 Fenway starts. He has given up five or more earned runs 11 times. Better than one out of three? Yup. And it's getting worse. Yesterday's outing was the sixth time he’s given up five or more earned runs in 13 starts this season. His next scheduled start is Saturday night against the Orioles. If you're a ticket holder, don't say I didn't warn you.