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.