Yo Adrian! You’re On The Cover of MLB The Show

What a busy off-season for Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. First, he won the Silver Slugger for AL first basemen (which probably should’ve gone to Miguel Cabrera, but whatever). And now he’s been named the cover athlete for MLB 12 the Show.

That might not be the greatest news for Red Sox Nation. Twins catcher Joe Mauer appeared on the last two editions of the game, and he was barely able to take the field last season (is there an MLB the Show curse? who knows).

Adrian Gonzalez on the cover of MLB the Show 2012

John Lackey To Miss 2012 Season

Well, John Lackey won’t be traded. But he won’t pitch in a Red Sox uniform next season.

Newly named Sox GM Ben Cherington, in his introductory press conference, said “John Lackey will go ahead and have Tommy John surgery.”

It was reported that Lackey had soreness in his elbow, and met with Dr. Lewis Yocum this week. His 2011 ERA of 6.41 was the highest in team history, but there was talk that he could be dealt to San Diego.

It typically takes a year to recover from my Tommy John surgery, which is named after former pitcher Tommy John, who became the first hurler to undergo the procedure in 1974. The surgery involves replacing the ulnar collateral ligament or UCL. Others who’ve undergone the procedure include Chris Carpenter, A.J. Burnett, Josh Johnson and Kerry Wood. Current Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka had it done earlier this year and he may return midway through next season.

Epstein Classy On The Way Out

On Friday the Red Sox announced Theo Epstein was resigning his post in Boston to become the Cubs President of Baseball Operations.

In today’s Boston Globe, the Brookline native took out a full-page ad thanking fans, ownership, his staff and former Manager Terry Francona.

The full ad is after the jump.

Theo-Thank-you-full

Update: Irene forces Saturday Sox-A’s doubleheader

Updating a story posted yesterday, the Red Sox announced last night that the team would be playing a double header Saturday. The first game will start at Noon with the nightcap at five.

Hurricane Irene is expected to arrive in New England this weekend. The storm, which could be the first hurricane to make landfall in the continental United States in three years, is expected to bring heavy rain and wind to the area.

A rained out game on Sunday would’ve been difficult to re-schedule as Oakland and Boston don’t have any common off-days the rest of the season. The team also considered playing two on Friday, but the players voted against it.

There’s also concerns about the team’s return flight to Logan. After Thursday’s game at Texas, the team will be flying back, but Irene will be approaching the coast at that point.