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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Cardinals Injury Update: John Lackey to skip next start

By on 9/14/2014 03:45:00 PM

Cardinals right-hander John Lackey is dealing with a "dead arm" and will not make his scheduled Tuesday start against the Milwaukee Brewers, reports Joe Harris of

The NL Central-leading Cardinals will send Lance Lynn, Adam Wainwright and Shelby Miller against the Brew Crew, all of whom will be on full rest due to an off-day on Monday. Lackey's last start was Wednesday (Sept. 10) in Cincinnati when he was ejected in the second inning for arguing balls and strikes. Lackey, who received a no-decision in that effort, threw 42 pitches (24 strikes), allowing two runs on four hits, one homer, while walking two and striking out one.

John Lackey
The 35-year-old Lackey has made eight starts, going 2-2 with a 5.05 ERA (ERA+ 73) since being acquired from the Boston Red Sox on July 31, 2014. For Boston, he was 11-7 with a 3.60 ERA (ERA+ 108). An All-Star in 2007 while he was with the Los Angeles Angels, Lackey lost the entire 2012 season recovering from Tommy John surgery performed in November 2011.

The veteran starter is in his twelfth season, spending the first eight with the (Anaheim/Los Angeles) Angels, who drafted him in 1999 (2nd round). He made his debut June 24, 2002 and compiled a record of 102-71 with an ERA of 3.81 for the Halos. After the 2009 season he became a free agent and in December 2009 signed a six-year $83 million contract with the Red Sox, winning a World Series ring in 20013. The Red Sox traded him at the 2014 deadline with Corey Littrell (minors) and cash to the St. Cardinals for Allen Craig and Joe Kelly. Due to an unusual contract clause, Lackey will be paid the major-league minimum ($500,000) for the 2015 season, after which he is again eligible for free agency.

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