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John Lackey: ‘If healthy, I’ll be just fine’

02.14.13 at 3:04 pm ET
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FORT MYERS, Fla. — He may not be ready to say he’s 100 percent ready for opening day but John Lackey on Thursday did the next best thing. The 32-year-old rebuilt right-hander pronounced himself ready to take on a full load of preparation this spring, in an effort to get ready for a rebound season in 2013 with the Red Sox.

After a miserable 2011 that saw him pitch with a blown out right elbow toward the end of the season, Lackey was 12-12 with a 6.41 ERA in 28 starts. That led to Tommy John surgery after the September collapse and a long 18 months leading to this spring in Fort Myers.

‘€œEverything has [felt better],” Lackey said. “It’€™s nice for it not to hurt, to be honest with you. Definitely feels like I took a few years off [my career]. It’€™s been a while, probably a couple of years [since I'€™ve felt this good].

‘€œI had a bad year that year but I also had a blown out elbow. The rest of my years in the big league have been okay. I feel like if healthy, I’€™ll be just fine.’€

[Click here to listen to John Lackey speak out about his prospects for 2013]

‘€œI had a bad year that year but I also had a blown out elbow. The rest of my years in the big league have been okay. I feel like if healthy, I’€™ll be just fine.’€

“I’m not going to get into all that.””>Click here to listen to John Lackey speak out about his prospects for 2013]

Lackey was asked, point blank, if he blames former Red Sox medical staff for an erroneous or misleading diagnosis before suffering the torn ligament in his elbow.

“I’m not going to get into all that,” Lackey said.

Lackey said he’s not going to get ahead of himself in terms of projecting himself ready for opening day.

‘€œWe have a long way to opening day,” Lackey said. “I feel great right now. But things can happen sometimes. I think I put in the effort level and the work this offseason to give myself the best chance possible.’€

Lackey has not thrown any breaking balls yet off a mound in camp.

‘€œI thrown some breaking balls on flat ground just playing catch, that sort of thing, but I just haven’€™t thrown it down the hill [mound] yet,” he said. “I threw breaking balls at the end of the season last year when I did that little two-inning thing. I’€™m not concerned about that.”

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