John Lackey to the Disabled List and Alex Wilson Called up from Pawtucket
John Lackey has been put on the 15 day disabled list according to NESN.com. Lackey had just returned from Tommy John Surgery that kept him out all of the 2012 season. According to reports it’s not his elbow which is a great sign it seems to be only a biceps strain. The news also was great because there is no tear on the biceps so he should only have to spend two to three weeks on the Disabled List barring any setbacks. Lackey’s time in Boston has been frustrating for many Red Sox fans as its been filled with injuries after his eight plus seasons with the Los Angles Angels. Red Sox fans are hoping he can return to his 2007 form where he had 19 wins and a 3.00 earned run average to go along with 179 strikeouts.
In a corresponding move the Red Sox called up Triple A pitcher Alex Wilson to take Lackey’s spot on the 25 man roster. Wilson will pitch mostly out of the bullpen. Former closer Alfredo Aceves will take Lackey’s spot in the rotation and start Thursday against the Orioles at Fenway. Aceves has been an interesting story to follow as many Red Sox fans are disgruntled with his performance. His era is 10.38 early in this young season he has pitched 4 and 1/3 innings and given up 5 runs. The Red Sox didn’t have many options to take Lackey’s spot on such short notice. Back to Alex Wilson, he will field a middle relief role and be used primarily where Aceves was being used. Alex Wilson had a solid 2012 season with compiling a 5-3 record with a 3.72 earned run average across 72 innings pitched.
This move is good for two reasons it gives Lackey time to recover while Aceves can provide the Red Sox with an extra starter going forward since injuries occur at a high rate in the Major Leagues. Also, Wilson gets some time at the big league level to show off of his stuff in a less stressful role as the middle relief guy rather than being the setup man or closer.
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