John Lackey RUMORS & NEWS

  • John Lackey to start Game 1 of the NLDS for the Cardinals

    Hardball Talk "St. Louis has decided on John Lackey as the Game 1 starter in the NLDS versus the winner of tonight’s Wild Card game, manager Mike Matheny announced. Lackey led the Cardinals in starts (33) and innings (218) this season while posting a 2.77 ERA and 175/53 K/BB ratio with 21 homers allowed." October 07

  • Lackey, Molina have heated exchange

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "There appeared to be some tension between starting pitcher John Lackey and catcher Yadier Molina in the Cardinals dugout after the top of the seventh Monday night. Fox Sports Midwest showed replays of the verbal exchange during and after its game telecast from Busch Stadium. After the game,..." June 16

  • Cardinals could rework John Lackey’s MLB-minimum contract for the 2015 season

    Hardball Talk "At the end of October, the Cardinals exercised a major league-minimum option for 2015 on veteran right-hander John Lackey. That option was added to the end of Lackey’s five-year, $82.5 million contract with the Red Sox after he underwent Tommy John surgery in 2011, and he told the Cardinals in..." December 04

  • Cardinals exercise option to bring back Lackey "In what was merely a formality, the Cardinals exercised their team option on right-handed starter John Lackey for 2015. The organization's decision to retain Lackey for another season was never in question. In fact, one of the reasons that Lackey was so attractive to the Cardinals at the Trade..." October 31

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    Jenifer Langosch @LangoschMLB

    John Lackey to start for #stlcards on Friday. Michael Wacha will go Saturday.

  • John Lackey gives Pat Neshek a ball autographed by Babe Ruth in exchange for his jersey number

    Hardball Talk "There is a long and rich history of players paying other players in order to get their jersey number. Usually it’s a watch or a big charitable donation or something. We saw a college fund once. My favorite ever was former New York Giants punter Jeff Feagles who got Plaxico Burress to pay for an..." August 20

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    You read that right: @pgammo is reporting Allen Craig and Joe Kelly to the #RedSox for Lackey.

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    Pete Abraham @PeteAbe

    Lackey to the Cardinals per @JonHeymanCBS.

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    Pete Abraham @PeteAbe

    #RedSox are still working on trading John Lackey. Source put it at 70 percent he would be dealt.

  • Red Sox trade John Lackey to Cardinals for Joe Kelly and Allen Craig

    CBS Sports "The Cardinals are set to acquire John Lackey from the Red Sox, reports Jon Heyman of Boston will receive Joe Kelly and Allen Craig in the trade. Lackey, 35, is 11-7 with a 3.60 ERA in 21 starts and 137 1/3 innings this season. He returned from Tommy John surgery last year to go..." July 31

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Source: “Very good chance” that #RedSox trade Lackey along with Lester.

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    Gordon Edes @GordonEdes

    Marlins among teams that have interest in Lackey

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    Andy McCullough @McCulloughStar

    The Royals have inquired on John Lackey, as @GordonEdes reported. The Red Sox are said to be seeking a sizable return.

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Source: #RedSox open to trading BOTH Lester and Lackey for right returns.

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    Nick Cafardo @nickcafardo

    Peavy is he guy Red Sox would deal but lots of interest in Lackey

  • Expect Lackey on Sox in 2015 for $500,000

    CSN New England "John Lackey is pitching like a No. 1 starter this season. Next season, he's going to be paid like a journeyman. Built into the five-year, $82.5 million contract Lackey signed with the team back in 2010 was that if Lackey did miss a season due to a pre-existing injury, another year would be..." June 20

  • Lackey: No talks, thoughts about extension

    ESPN Boston "John Lackey’s strong performance as a starter this season, a continuation of the impressive comeback he mounted last season from Tommy John surgery, already has invited plenty of speculation about his future in Boston. The situation has more than the usual intrigue because Lackey, who will be..." June 12

  • Lackey 'trying to give the bullpen a rest'

    CSN New England "Wednesday night at Fenway, John Lackey was the other starting pitcher. The one who wasn't caked with pine tar. The one who wasn't ejected in an embarrassing manner. And the one who pitched his team to a win with an impressive outing. While counterpart Michael Pineda found himself being..." April 24

  • Jackie Bradley Jr. stars, John Lackey sharp again as Red Sox beat Rangers, 5-1

    Boston Globe "Jackie Bradley Jr. had himself a major league night and the Red Sox won their first game at Fenway Park in 2014, beating the Texas Rangers 5-1 behind the second solid start by John Lackey. Bradley did it all against the Rangers tonight: driving in two runs and scoring one to go along with three..." April 08

  • John Lackey to fans: 'Thanks for understanding what I've gone through'

    Boston Herald "As he walked off the mound last night, having tossed 6-2/3 strong innings, John Lackey got a standing ovation from a jam-packed crowd at Fenway Park. And this time, he returned the favor by tipping his cap. "It was nice," Lackey said. "It was my appreciation back to them. Thanks for..." October 31

  • John Lackey has chance to become a legend

    Boston Herald "If this most improbable mission is going to be completed, it is most fitting that it happen tonight with John Lackey on the mound at Fenway Park. No one has been more reviled (sometimes fairly but often unfairly, including by yours truly) since coming to Boston. No one became more a symbol of..." October 30

  • No ‘Lack’ of experience for John Lackey

    Boston Herald "Like most folks John Lackey likes to look forward but for at least one night he’d like nothing better than to turn back the clock. It has been 11 years since Lackey then with the Anaheim Angels shut down the San Francisco Giants for five innings on his way to becoming only the second rookie in..." October 24

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    Brian MacPherson @brianmacp

    John Farrell says there'll be no roster changes. John Lackey will pitch Game Two.

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    Sean McAdam @Sean_McAdam

    All indications are that John Lackey will pitch Game 2 in WS. Pitched Game 2 in ALDS and Game 3 in ALCS #RedSoxTalk

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    Sean McAdam @Sean_McAdam

    Farrell notes Peavy and Buchholz will throw in sim game Wed. "Make of that what you will." Virtually guarantees Lester Game 1 Lackey Game 2

  • John Lackey scratched from final regular season start

    Hardball Talk "From beat reporter Sean McAdam of CSN New England comes word that Red Sox righty John Lackey has been scratched from his scheduled start in Sunday’s regular season finale against the Orioles for the purpose of rest. Boston has already secured the American League East title and the top spot in the..." September 29

  • Lackey brilliant as Red Sox punch playoff ticket

    Boston Globe "After spending the past three seasons painfully watching the postseason from the outside the Red Sox punched their playoff ticket. A 3-1 win over an Orioles team that dealt the Red Sox their share of September heartbreak the past two years guaranteed the Sox their first trip to the postseason..." September 20

  • Farrell: Lackey is 'ultimate competitor'

    CSN New England "When John Lackey saw manager John Farrell walk out of the dugout he was surprised. It was the seventh inning and he had thrown 82 pitches. He hadn't been taken out before his ninetieth pitch since mid-May. Lackey prides himself on his ability to throw deep into games and if he was going to be..." September 14

  • John Lackey returns to form in Red Sox 6-1 win over Yanks

    WEEI Boston "On Saturday the Red Sox faced the possibility of losing hold of sole possession of first place. A loss to the Yankees and a Tampa Bay victory would mean that the top of the AL East was once again even. But that outcome did not come to pass thanks in no small part to a member of the roster who has..." August 18

  • Lackey: A-Rod should not be playing through appeal

    ESPN Boston "Boston Red Sox pitcher John Lackey isn't too happy he has to face Alex Rodriguez this weekend in light of the Yankees slugger receiving a 211-game suspension for his role in the Biogenesis performance-enhancing drug scandal. "I've got a problem with it. You bet I do" Lackey told the Boston..." August 16

  • Tough night for John Lackey

    Boston Herald "John Lackey’s teammates learned all they needed to know about his toughness in 2011 when the Red Sox right-hander made 28 starts with an elbow that had probably needed Tommy John surgery for two years. His numbers besides 12 wins were terrible. But he earned immeasurable respect by taking the..." August 06

  • John Lackey Isn’t an All-Star, But He Continues to Be One of Red Sox’ Most Valuable Players

    NESN "John Lackey went toe-to-toe with the Angels’ best, and he proved himself once again. Lackey twirled seven impressive innings Sunday, yet two mistakes were all that the Angels needed to earn a victory, as Jered Weaver and Co. shut out the Red Sox, 3-0, in the series’ rubber match. It was a..." July 08

  • Joe Maddon on dugouts-clearing melee: John Lackey 'a bad teammate'

    Boston Herald "A decade ago, John Lackey and Joe Maddon developed a close relationship as pitcher and bench coach, respectively, with the Angels. Times have changed. Pitching for the Red Sox here Monday night, Lackey touched off a dugouts-clearing dustup in the sixth inning against the Maddon-managed Rays..." June 11

  • Lackey showing signs of a solid No. 3

    ESPN Boston "Through his first three years in Boston, it would have been tough to classify John Lackey as anything other than a disappointment. The right-hander, who signed a five-year, $82.5 million contract with the team before the 2010 season, had a 4.40 ERA in his first season -- which ballooned to 6.01 in..." May 20

  • John Lackey scripts feel-good comeback

    Boston Herald "Thunderstorms drowned John Lackey’s shot yesterday at completing one of the finest starts as a member of the Red Sox. On the bright side, though, two things did happen. One, the Red Sox won, which meant Lackey doubled his win total to two in his increasingly intriguing and promising..." May 20

  • Lackey's first win since 2011 more than Sox expected

    CSN New England "John Lackey was activated from 22 days on the disabled list to start the homestand finale against the Astros on Sunday. It would be just his second start of the season, and just his second start since Sept. 25, 2011. The Red Sox were unsure of what they could expect from him. Four, five innings,..." April 29

  • Encouraging signs from Red Sox starter John Lackey in win over Astros

    Boston Globe "Mike Napoli has known John Lackey a long time. They played together in Anaheim from 2006-09, when Napoli caught him 61 times (for a 3.63 ERA). They are now on the Red Sox, and with Napoli now a first baseman, their interaction is a bit different. But Napoli doesn’t forget what his old..." April 29

  • Sox righty healthy as new phase begins

    Boston Herald "Will the fourth time be the charm for John Lackey and the Red Sox? Actually, as Take 4 of the Lackey era starts this afternoon, the better question might be is Lackey healthy for the first time since he came to Boston in 2010? The answer just might be yes, which finally could make this..." April 28

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    Ian Browne @IanMBrowne

    Barring a setback Lackey will pitch for the Red Sox on Sunday vs. Astros.

  • John Lackey to begin throwing program

    Boston Globe "After leaving his first start with tightness in his right biceps and being placed on the 15-day disabled list earlier this week, Red Sox pitcher John Lackey will begin a throwing program Tuesday, said manager John Farrell. "The symptoms have subsided," Farrell said. "So any kind of range of..." April 15

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    Scott Lauber @

    John Lackey will try playing catch within next few days. He would need to go on a rehab assignment before returning to mound for #RedSox

  • Lackey placed on the 15-day disabled list, Alex Wilson called up

    WEEI Boston "The Red Sox placed right-hander John Lackey on the 15-day disabled list due to his right biceps strain. With right-hander Alfredo Aceves moving from the bullpen into the rotation, the Sox reinforced their relief corps by calling up right-hander Alex Wilson, who will be in the majors for the first..." April 10

  • John Lackey gets positive news

    Boston Herald "John Lackey appeared relaxed, almost carefree, as he made his way to the field before the Red Sox opened Fenway Park yesterday. So far, as least, the medical report on his right arm is as positive as can be. An MRI administered Sunday revealed only inflammation, “not any detection of a..." April 09

  • Cautiously optimistic about John Lackey

    Boston Herald "John Farrell neither crossed his fingers nor held his breath. But as the Red Sox left for a flight home last night, the manager was anxiously awaiting results of right-hander John Lackey’s MRI exam. Indications, however, were that Lackey felt better than on Saturday, when he left his start in..." April 08

  • Farrell: No tear in John Lackey's biceps

    Boston Herald "So far, the news on John Lackey continues to be as positive as the Red Sox could have hoped. An MRI administered Sunday revealed inflammation, but "not any detection of a tear," in Lackey's right biceps, according to manager John Farrell. As such, the Sox have not made a decision about whether..." April 08

  • John Lackey leaves first start since 2011 with apparent arm injury

    CBS Sports "Red Sox right-hander John Lackey left Saturday's start against the Blue Jays with an apparent arm injury. He was making his first start since September 2011 after having Tommy John surgery. Lackey, 34, left the game immediately with his right arm hanging by his side. He was in obvious pain and..." April 06

  • John Lackey takes it day by day

    Boston Herald "John Lackey couldn’t fool himself yesterday, but he did fool more than a few future Tampa Bay Rays. Although many of the young kids who stepped into the batter’s box to face him left wondering what kind of pitch that was they’d just missed, Lackey couldn’t fool himself into thinking that facing..." March 27

  • John Lackey Shows Signs of Vintage Form, Becoming More Than Just ‘Work in Progress’

    NESN "John Lackey is becoming more than just a “work in progress.” Lackey has made strides in each of his spring training starts. Even when the stat line hasn’t been all that impressive, the Red Sox have at least been able to hang their hats on Lackey’s continued development as he battles back from..." March 22

  • Location good sign for John Lackey

    Boston Herald "The difference between John Lackey pre- and post-surgery needn’t always be presented as an abstraction. There are very tangible ways in which Lackey feels like a new pitcher, and one of them was on display yesterday against the Tampa Bay Rays. On a number of occasions, Lackey spotted his..." March 11

  • John Lackey Still Working Out Kinks, But Right-Hander’s Stuff Improving As Opening Day Inches Closer

    NESN "John Lackey ran into some third-inning trouble and wasn’t exactly overpowering, but the right-hander once again took another step forward in his fourth start of the spring on Sunday. Lackey allowed two runs on four hits, walked one and struck out two while throwing 66 pitches in 3 2/3 innings...." March 11