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.

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

Red Sox’ quotes, notes and stars from 2-1 loss to Rays

Red Sox’ quotes, notes and stars from 2-1 loss to Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Notes, quotes and stars from the Red Sox' 2-1 loss to the Rays:

QUOTES:

* "There's not much I can do about it now. It's kind of a waiting game and hopefully, the tests come back clean.'' -Andrew Benintendi, on the uncertainty surrounding his knee injury.

* "Sometimes, I like that, sometimes I don't because I'd kind of take a couple of quick outs in place of those to get a couple of more innings out there.'' -Drew Pomeranz on his career high 11 strikeouts.

* "That's probably the spot that looms the largest. Jackie's become more aggressive early in the count, but at the same time, that aggressiveness can work against you.'' -Farrell on Jackie Bradley Jr. swinging at the first pitch following a walk with the bases loaded.

NOTES:

* Drew Pomeranz recorded a career-high 11 strikeouts

 * Since moving to the leadoff spot, Dustin Pedroia has a slash line of .397/.418/.460 in 16 games.

* Pomeranz has yielded two runs or fewer in five consecutive starts.

* On the just-completed road trip, the Red Sox led in all but one game.

* Thursday's loss was the fourth this season in which the Sox allowed two runs or fewer.

 * The past 18 Red Sox losses have come by a combined 37 runs.

* Until Thursday, the Red Sox had won 20 of their past 31 day games.

* The bottom third of the makeshift Red Sox lineup combined to go 2-for-12.

* The Sox missed out on a chance to have an eight-win road trip, which would have been their first since 2011.

STARS:

1) Jake Odorizzi

The Rays started, facing a depleted Red Sox lineup, limited the Sox to a single run over seven innings, allowing just five hits and getting out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam by allowing just one run.

2) Mikie Mahtook

Mahtook was 0-for-34 when facing Drew Pomeranz in the seventh inning, but that didn't stop him from doubling home Steven Souza Jr with what proved to be the winning run.

3) Dustin Pedroia

The Sox couldn't generate much of anything at all offensively, but don't blame Pedroia. The leadoff hitter had three hits and a walk and was on base four times for the Sox.