John Lackey Tommy John Surgery: 6 Ways This Impacts Boston Red Sox

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John Lackey Tommy John Surgery: 6 Ways This Impacts Boston Red Sox
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John Lackey won't pitch for the Red Sox in 2012 but he'll still be on the roster

On a day in which the General Manager position of the Boston Red Sox publicly changed hands, the new general manager Ben Cherington immediately had to deal with an issue the old general manager had likely grown tired of: John Lackey

That's because among the most notable things disclosed in Cherington's introductory press conference was that John Lackey would miss the entire 2012 season recovering from Tommy John surgery, which he has yet to undergo but does in fact need. 

The same John Lackey who was bad in his first season with the Red Sox. 

The same John Lackey who was even worse this past season. John Lackey won't be on the mound until April 2013. Is that good? Is that bad? What does it mean? 

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