BOSTON -- The wait has been interminable for Red Sox pitcher John Lackey.
He has been sitting on an ugly outing since April 8, when he was torched for six earned runs in five innings. The Yankees tagged him for seven hits. He also walked two and fanned two, but, thanks to the Sox offense, Lackey got an undeserved win.
Lackey’s record is 1-1 and his earned-run average is an eyesore at 15.58 in two starts. A rainout and an off day forced manager Terry Francona to juggle his rotation. Lackey was the odd man out, with Francona preferring to skip one pitcher rather than make all of starters throw on long rest.
So Lackey will have had 10 days of rest when he takes the mound Tuesday night in Oakland on the first game of Boston’s nine-game trip.
“It’s not fun,” said Lackey on Monday of his forced rest. “Early in the season I don’t think 10 days off is especially what you need to get right, but it is what it is. Go get ‘em tomorrow.”
Lackey threw two bullpen sessions to try and stay sharp.
“It’s only two starts,” said Lackey of his poor results thus far. “I haven’t located the fastball as well as I need to. I threw some extra fastballs in my side session.”
Righthander Matt Albers (latissimus), who tossed a spotless inning with one strikeout for Pawtucket on Sunday in a rehab outing, will throw another inning for the PawSox on Tuesday. If all goes well Albers will fly to the West Coast to rejoin the Red Sox.