Lackey throws off flat ground; Jenks also improving

Lackey throws off flat ground; Jenks also improving
May 21, 2011, 9:33 pm
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By Jessica Camerato
CSNNE.com

BOSTON - John Lackey threw on flat ground at Fenway Park on Saturday for the first time since being placed on the disabled list May 16, and appears to be recovering from his right elbow strain.

He had a good day, said manager Terry Francona. He will play catch again tomorrow. He got out there pretty good, pretty aggressively and didnt feel anything, which is really good . . . Thats really exciting for us.

Francona expects Lackey to join the team on their upcoming road trip. The right-hander will meet with the staff to outline the next steps to his return, which may or may not include a rehab outing.

Lackey is 2-5 this season with an 8.01 ERA.

In other injury updates, Bobby Jenks (right biceps strain) threw on Saturday. He is expected to play catch on Sunday and throw bullpen on Monday. He felt really good about himself today, Francona said.

Francona added that Marco Scutaro (left oblique strain) may start taking swings at the beginning of their road trip, but noted that Scutaro is not pain-free.

Jessica Camerato is on Twitter at http:twitter.com!JCameratoNBA.