Wednesday, April 23, 2014
The "prognosis is good" on John Lackey, Rob Bradford of weei.com reported, citing a team source. Lackey suffered an injury to his right bicep muscle in his first start Saturday in Toronto. Initially feared to be a tear in the muscle, it is now listed simply as a strain.
According to the report, Lackey will likely miss his next start (Alfredo Aceves stepping in?), but may not have to go on the DL.
Pawtucket has a bunch of prospects that could be ready to fill in when called upon, including knuckleball pitcher Steven Wright. He made his second start a good one on Tuesday: 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 6 K ... Bryce Brentz (.321) had a two-run single.
Anthony Ranaudo made his first start for the Portland Sea Dogs this year and looked like the prospect everyone expected to shine last year. Injuries slowed him, Ranaudo looked healthy on Tuesday: 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 6 K.
Daniel Bard relieved and got a few pitches up, which were hit for singles. He also allowed the winning run to score on a wild pitch. Still there was progress with Bard (18 pitches, 15 strikes).
Chris Martin finished the game for the Sea Dogs and put in a second sensational outing.: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K. That's 0 runs and 10 K's in six innings this year ... Travis Shaw (.308) & Michael Almanzar (.571) both went 2-for-5. Almanzar had a double, raising his slugging percentage to 1.214.
For more on the game and Ranaudo, see today's story. For more on Martin, see our feature last year. (One update from the Martin feature, which states he is 6-7, 175 pounds. He is now closer to 200 pounds).
Salem third baseman Garin Cecchini (.421) was 2-for-4 ... outfielder Brandon Jacobs, who some thought would be in Portland, is batting .211 but did hit his first home run Tuesday.
Sox are back playing tonight at Fenway. I'll be checking in from Hadlock Field, where the Sea Dogs complete their home stand.
Kevin Thomas covers baseball and basketball for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. He wisely moved to Maine in 1994 after working for the St. Petersburg Times. He is married to Nancy and they have nine children.
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