BOSTON Red Sox right-hander John Lackey underwent successful Tommy John surgery today and is resting comfortably, according to team spokesperson Pam Ganley.
Lackey missed 21 games while on the disabled list from May 12 through June 5 with a right elbow strain. Lackey, who will miss the 2012 season, has three years and 46 million remaining on the five-year, 82.5 million deal he signed with the Sox on Dec. 16, 2009. The Sox have an option for 2015 at the major league minimum if Lackey misses significant time with surgery between 2010 2014 for a pre-existing elbow injury.
Lackey went 12-12 with a 6.41 ERA in 28 starts this past season. Lackey threw 160 innings, the fewest in his career since his rookie season of 2002, when he pitched 108 13 innings in 18 starts. His ERA was the highest in Sox history for a starter with at least 150 innings. He suffered career worsts in earned runs allowed with 114, hit batters (19), WHIP (1.619), hits per nine innings (11.4), walks per nine innings (3.2), and strikeouts to walks ratio (1.93).
Dr. Lewis Yocum performed the surgery in Los Angeles.