It has been reported by NESN’s Jenny Dell that John Lackey suffered a right bicep strain when he sustained an injury in the fifth inning of his first start of 2013. It’s was Lackey’s first start since September 2011 when he was shut down and soon after underwent Tommy John surgery.
On the 78th pitch of his outing against the Toronto Blue Jays, Lackey threw wildly and grabbed his arm in pain. His shoulder slumped. His arm went dead. The trainer came out and Lackey immediately left the game wincing, grabbing what appeared to be his bicep and shaking his head.
With the exception of a J.P. Arencibia two-run homer in the fourth inning, Lackey had been sharp through 4 1/3 innings. Although the Red Sox had not backed him up with any run support, he had struck out 8 Blue Jay batters and had stayed out of trouble.
Replay of the pitch before his final throw revealed Lackey circling the mound, grabbing near his right bicep, taking off his glove and windmilling his arm slowly before returning to the mound.