John Lackey To Miss 2012 – The troubled Boston Red Sox team that is currently in search of a manager, general manager and are dealing with controversy surrounding alleged beer consumption in the locker room during games announced that pitcher John Lackey will undergo Tommy John surgery, which will cause him to miss all of the 2012 season. The injury is another troubling fact for a team that saw countless injuries cause mayhem on their season.
The 2011 rotation saw its share of problems with Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz, Josh Beckett, Daisuke Matsuzaka, and Lackey all struggling to stay healthy. Their injuries, combined with the injuries of slugger Kevin Youkilis were a major factor to why the team suffered one of the worst collapses in the history of Major League Baseball.
Lackey is in the second season of a five year contract with the Red Sox worth more than $80 million. After going 14-11 with a 4.40 ERA in his first season as member of the nation, Lackey was expected to repeat the success he had seen during his final three seasons with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He went 42-22 during his final three seasons, which is why the Red Sox offered him more than $15 million a year to finish his professional career. Instead, Lackey had one of the worst seasons of his career, giving Sox fans no hope when he stepped to the hill.
During the 2012 season, Lackey will earn $15.25 million while he is sitting on the sidelines. His presence is one that will be missed during the season, but with all the other news surrounding the organization, he should get lost in the shuffle.
Lackey holds a career record of 128-94, with an ERA of 4.10. His ERA with the Red Sox is a staggering 5.26, compared to the 3.81 ERA he held on the west coast.
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