Jerry Remy on D&C: John Lackey ‘the kind of guy you pull for’
|07.03.13 at 10:55 am ET|
Lackey had another very good start for the Red Sox on Tuesday night against the Padres, only allowing one run on six hits while striking out six through eight innings. Lackey has lasted at least seven innings while allowing two or fewer runs in each of his last four starts.
‘I think what we are seeing is the John Lackey that pitched for the Angels and not the John Lackey that was hurt for a couple of years for the Red Sox,’ Remy said. ‘He has had to wait a long time to be himself, and finally he is. He was very impressive last night. In the first inning he was throwing 95 mph fastballs by people and then as the game went on they started to switch to his offspeed stuff to mix in with his fastball. He has been very, very good.
‘He is the kind of guy you pull for because he is such a good teammate and he is such a good guy around the clubhouse. It is nice to see him get his career turned back around in the right direction. It is certainly happening right now. Right now you would have to consider him the ace of the staff.’
Lackey, who missed all of last season due to Tommy John surgery, finally is getting back to his old form. Lackey forced 20 swinging strikes Tuesday, which is the most he has recorded in a single game since July 28, 2005, as a 26-year-old. The 34-year-old has returned very well from the surgery, something Remy said could be a result of advancements in the medical procedure.
‘The surgery is so refined right now and the rehab is so refined right now that they come back even stronger than what they were,’ Remy said. ‘Last night was a good example. I don’t remember Lackey throwing 95 or 96 when he was with the Angels. It is not all about velocity, but it tells you something.’
Even with Lackey pitching so well, Remy said the Red Sox may look to add another starting pitcher at the trade deadline. With Clay Buchholz‘s injury lingering into July, the Red Sox may need to look into some depth options behind him.
‘This injury has been going on for a long time now and that concerns me a little bit,’ Remy said. ‘I know he is starting a new program and we will have to see how this goes, but he is a guy they absolutely need to go to where they want to be and that is the playoffs. Without Clay Buchholz that is going to be kind of a difficult job to do.
‘If he doesn’t turn around they may be in the market for a starting pitcher. If he does and he comes back and he pitches the way that he is capable of pitching then they may be looking for depth in the bullpen because we all know how quickly a bullpen can fall apart. You get one injury out there and it ends up having a trickle-down effect to everyone else in the bullpen. Pitching, obviously — we always hear, ‘You can’t have enough of it,’ and it’s so true.’
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