On the 78th pitch of his comeback from Tommy John surgery, John Lackey threw wildly and grabbed his arm in pain. The shoulder slumped. The arm went dead. The trainer came out and Lackey immediately left the game wincing 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.
Upon viewing replay of the pitch before his final throw, Lackey had circled the mound, grabbed near his right bicep, took off his glove and windmilled his arm slowly before returning to the mound.