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John Lackey to Have Tommy John Surgery

John Lackey (AP Photo)

At today’s Red Sox press conference, new GM Ben Cherington made his first big announcement in his new position as he announced that SP John Lackey will undergo Tommy John surgery and will most likely miss the entire 2012 season.

Lackey put together one of the worst seasons in baseball history with a 12-12 record and 6.41 ERA over 160 IP. He has also been one of the focal points this offseason in one of Boston’s biggest clubhouse scandals involving fellow pitchers Josh Beckett and Jon Lester, who drank beer, ate fried chicken and played videogames on their off days.

It is noteworthy that Lackey spent time on the disabled list in May with an elbow strain, so maybe Sox fans can cut him a little slack. However, fans wanted Lackey gone this offseason, but this is now how they envisioned it. Sorry folks, he is here to stay for at least one more year, even though he won’t be pitching.

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