I'm sure it was all of the beer and fried chicken that injured his arm. Kinda seems like a win for Boston. The new manager won't be tempted to pitch Lackey next year, and they save some money they would have had to give to other teams.
Red Sox righty John Lackey will undergo Tommy John surgery, new GM Ben Cherington announced today. WEEI's Rob Bradford reported Lackey's visit to Dr. Lewis Yocum earlier today, noting that the surgery causes a sixth-year option to vest for Lackey at the league minimum. This is a good thing for Boston - it reduces the average annual value of the contract from $16.5MM to $13.8MM, creating luxury tax savings.