BOSTON -- John Lackey threw to live hitters for the second time since his offseason Tommy John surgery, prior to Thursday's game against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park.Manager Bobby Valentine said that Lackey's velocity was "pretty good" in the 20 pitches he threw. He also said that Lackey will not pitch for the Red Sox this season.Instead, Lackey will pitch in the instructional league. And it won't have anything to do with his physical development, but instead, will have only to do with his mental check list."He felt he was better than he did last time," said Valentine. "He looked better than he did last time. No chance of him pitching here, but he's looking forward to pitching a couple innings in the fall league in Florida."It's been a goal of his. So, you at least want to be able to reach your goals. And he's worked so hard that he looks good, he feels good, and to check that off, I think, would be good thing for him to do. He's been right on schedule. He's made every bullpen session. He's made every weight session."
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