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Lackey, Red Sox Nation to Have Cooling Off Period

Yesterday, newly appointed Boston Red Sox General Manager Ben Cherington announced that pitcher John Lackey would undergo Tommy John surgery on his pitching elbow thereby missing the 2012 season. I had planned to comment on this development but John Tomase of The Boston Herald sums things up quite nicely:

No one ever wants to see a player hurt or cut open, but this could be a win-win for all involved.

The Sox remove one of the beer drinkers from their ranks at a time when they’re trying to alter their clubhouse culture. And even though Lackey was by all accounts an excellent teammate — we’re now learning he pitched hurt all season — something needed to change among the starting five, and this is it.

From Lackey’s perspective, he gets a year away from the slings and arrows, a year to get his life in order — he’s reportedly in the midst of a divorce — and maybe even a year to assess the way he’s conducted himself since signing a five-year, $82.5 million contract.

If he comes back in 2013 as a calmer, less combative person, that’s all to the good. And if he regains the stuff that made him an All-Star and proven playoff performer, even better.

The only thing I can add is that Lackey gets to avoid the boo birds on Opening Day at Fenway. However, I’m afraid Carl Crawford won’t be so lucky.

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