Lackey throws off flat ground; Jenks also improving

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Lackey throws off flat ground; Jenks also improving

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.

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Quotes, notes and stars: Buchholz in 'attack mode'

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Quotes, notes and stars: Buchholz in 'attack mode'

CHICAGO -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 5-2 win over the White Sox:

 

QUOTES

"I think the most encouraging thing was after a couple of hard-hit balls early on, he was still in attack mode.'' - John Farrell on Clay Buchholz.

"The biggest thing centers around his fastball. First inning, he might have been up a little bit. But after that, he was down in the zone and the curveball was a good compliment to that.'' - Farrell.

"Man, I tell you what -- he does it in such big moments.'' - Farrell on David Ortiz.

"If you could paint a picture, I think tonight would be just about what everybody would want to do.'' - Buchholz on his outing.

"I think everybody would be lying if they said they didn't see your numbers; you see them every day. (Being) 0-3 with a six-something (ERA) is obviously not where you want to be.'' - Buchholz.

"Hopefully, this is the start of something good coming out of him.'' - Ortiz on Buchholz.

"You feel like the luckiest man on planet earth - finally hitting the ball where no one's at!'' - Ortiz on beating the shift with a single through the shortstop hole in the seventh

 

NOTES

* When the Red Sox homer, they're 11-6.

* Clay Buchholz's win was his first since last July 10.

* Jackie Bradley Jr. extended his hitting streak to 10 games.

* Mookie Betts has scored at least one run in 10 of his last 14 games.

* David Ortiz is now one homer from tying Carl Yastrzemski for second-most homers in franchise history at 452.

* Ortiz tied Gary Sheffield for 25th place all-time in homers with 509.

 

STARS

1) Clay Buchholz

After five straight poor outings, Buchholz turned in a gem, giving up two runs in the first, then nothing else for the next six innings.

2) David Ortiz

As he so often does, Ortiz delivered when the Red Sox needed him most, clocking a two-run homer in the fifth to turn a one-run deficit into a two-run lead.

3) Jose Abreu

The White Sox slugger belted a two-run homer in the first to give him five RBI in the two games in this series.