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Red Sox optimistic that John Lackey’s injury not serious

04.08.13 at 11:28 am ET

The Red Sox have expressed optimism that the injury to John Lackey‘s right biceps is not serious, but the right-hander is scheduled to get a second opinion Monday, after which the team will decide on his immediate future.

Lackey left Saturday’s game in Toronto in the fifth inning after grabbing his arm following a pitch. An MRI in Boston on Sunday revealed inflammation in the biceps but nothing more serious. Said manager John Farrell: “There has not been any detection of a tear.”

Farrell said it’s “unlikely” Lackey makes his next scheduled start, but: “We’re not at the point of saying he’s a DL, either.”

Alfredo Aceves a candidate to make a spot start, likely Sunday at Fenway vs. the Rays.

The injury ruined a promising start for Lackey, who missed all of 2012 following Tommy John surgery.

“He looked great on the mound,” Farrell said. “We’ll be cautious with this.”

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