John Lackey, who has been sidelined all season recovering from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, said he will throw to live hitters for the first time Saturday and expressed guarded optimism about taking the next step in his ongoing recovery and, perhaps, getting into a live game by the end of the month.
“I’m excited, because it just means I’m moving forward,’’ Lackey said before Friday night’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays. “I haven’t had any real setbacks and it feels good, so I’m definitely excited.’‘
Lackey, who underwent surgery last November 1 to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbowy, threw about “five or six’’ bullpens in preparation for his next step. “This will be the first time someone is someone is actually going to be standing in there taking whacks at me,’’ he said.
“I’m going to throw everything,’’ he said. “I’m not throwing my cutter yet, I’m just throwing curveball and changeup. Just trying to throw mostly four-seamers and getting my arm speed and getting my arm strength back.’‘
H/T Michael Cummo.
Posted: September 07, 2012 at 05:44 PM | 9 comment(s)
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