John Lackey seems to be okay, but once again Farrell is taking precautions and has put him on the DL for 15 days. To be honest, I think we all saw this coming. Lackey will be on the DL until April 22 when he will return to the game hopefully in full recovery. Post injury they had him throwing, but not as intense as he would in a game. He was also doing treatment for his right biceps strain he encountered while pitching against the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday, April 6, in Toronto – his first day back on the mound after his Tommy John reconstructive surgery November 1, 2011. Alfredo Aceves will be the starting pitcher for the time being.
Even with light throwing, Lackey experienced irritation in his right biceps which was reason to put him on a 15-day DL. Farrell explained he wanted him to take time to recover at his own pace and not be pressured to be on any time constraint. April 22 will be here before you know it and hopefully Lackey will be back in full swing. For now, Alfredo Aceves will take to the mound. His first game was last night, Thursday April 11, the last of the three games against the Baltimore Orioles. Why Aceves? Well, his past has proven a success against the Orioles. He pitched six innings, without score, consecutively while on the Yankees in 2008, his only start against the Orioles, and in 25 games he withstood a 5-2 record and a 2.31 ERA.
Is Aceves a good replacement? After Lackey was announced injured, Aceves took to the mound and the results were not as expected, for in 3 and 2/3 innings he gave up three run home runs.
Last night was a better performance by Aceves, although the Sox lost 3-2 to the Orioles at Fenway Park. In reality, it was Clay Mortensen who jeopardized the team’s ability to win. Aceves played out the first five innings before Farrell called in Mortensen. Among those five innings, Aceves allowed two runs (one home run by Chris Davis of the Orioles) but was pretty strong and controlled all around. Fire, passion and attitude are words fans have been using as they speak of Aceves. He has both the fire and passion to persevere and his attitude has dramatically changed from his prior performance. Juan Nieves, the pitching coach for the Sox, describes Aceves in one word: creative. In lieu of last night’s performance, I do have hopes he will persevere and help bring a struggling team to victory. We all would love to see John Lackey back on the mound as soon as possible, but I think we can agree he’s better off on the DL for the time being.