Lackey (ankle) doesn't expect to miss next start

Lackey (ankle) doesn't expect to miss next start
August 6, 2013, 8:45 pm
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HOUSTON – Right-hander John Lackey, who rolled his left ankle fielding a ground ball to end the second inning of Monday’s loss, was in the Red Sox clubhouse before Tuesday’s game against the Astros. He was limping and the outside of his ankle had significant swelling to it.
Lackey, though, said he does not expect to miss his next start, scheduled for Sunday in Kansas City. With Stephen Wright starting tonight, Lackey will get an extra day before his next start.
“He’s a little swollen,” manager John Farrell said. “But I think he did a great job considering the way he turned it. He didn’t try to overthrow it and come out of his delivery, and he pitched pretty damn well.
“What he showed us is clearly a hell of a competitor who wants to be on the mound.”

Left-hander Matt Thornton, who suffered an oblique strain in his outing Sunday at Fenway Park against the Diamondbacks, is improving, Farrell said.
“He feels improved just by going through range-of-motion-type movements,” Farrell said. “It was a good day for him, but we’re still in that timeframe where a roster decision may have to be made if we don’t see further progression by tomorrow.”

Left-hander Franklin Morales was scratched from his scheduled rehab outing with Triple-A Pawtucket tonight for personal reasons.
"Our thoughts are with him on that,” Farrell said.


Right-hander Alex Wilson, on the DL with a right thumb strain, made his fourth rehab appearance Monday with Pawtucket at Buffalo. He went 1 1/3 innings, giving up one run on two hits, including a home run. In 4 1/3 total innings, he has allowed two runs.